Everyone knows that in order to be respected, you first need to be respectful. While there are obviously exceptions to this rule, this is a pretty basic tenet of earning the respect of those around you.
But what I'm talking about here goes beyond simply being respectful. It deals with telling people you respect them.
According to the principle of spontaneous trait transference, others automatically attribute the same traits to us that we describe in them. This means that if we tell someone they're worthy of respect (if it's true, of course), they're more likely to feel we're also worthy of respect.
Be generous with your praise.
If you respect someone, let them know — it could be the key to earning their respect as well.
- John Rampton (modified by Amr Badran)