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10 Personal Qualities Examples that will earn you the respect of others

Each person has different qualities that make them unique. Some examples of personal qualities are rooted in values, attributes, and manners that will earn you the respect of others and make you stand out from the rest of the crowd.

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Being respected by others is a valuable asset that can help you in all areas of your life.

When you are respected, others consider your opinions, ideas, and advice.

They pay a lot of attention to listen to you when you have something to say. They trust you and consider you a mentor to follow.

Starting from this premise, I will show you how to earn the respect of others by emphasizing the personal qualities that will make a big difference in how others will perceive you.

Respect is an appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of how he or she is unique.
– Annie Gottlieb



Respect yourself first and foremost if you want people to respect you,

Self-respect is the foundation of all your virtues, a source of recognition of your worth, value, and dignity.

People will take you seriously if they see that you have strong moral principles in any circumstance and a higher opinion about yourself and your abilities.

Showing self-respect also means being honest with yourself.

Being able to admit mistakes when you make them and recognize your flaws is a sign of maturity and strength that people will appreciate even more.

Also, respect your physical appearance by being well-groomed. This will send a positive message about your self-care.

People respect those who can set clear personal boundaries in their lives. In this way, they show that they are strong enough to take care of themselves emotionally and not allow anyone, under any circumstances, to walk all over them.

Being comfortable setting boundaries is a form of self-respect that not everyone has. Make sure that they are clear about what you accept, and be prepared to enforce them whenever it is the case.

If someone crosses the boundaries, politely draw their attention. Tell them it bothered you, and don’t allow them to do it again. Thus, they will reconsider the way they will treat you.



If self-confidence is the quality that characterizes you, then you can speak your mind directly and bring new ideas to the table.

You are not intimidated by what others think of you. So, you don’t have to be fake and pretend to be someone you are not, only to make others like you.

Those with the guts to say what they think have always been appreciated by others. So your confident attitude will surely capture their interest.

When you are confident, you are more likely to succeed in many areas of your life because you allow yourself to take risks, overcome challenges, and persevere whenever you encounter setbacks.

This will make those around you want to follow or work with you because they know that by being successful in your endeavors, you will be a source of inspiration and motivation for them.

By empowering others, their respect for you will be guaranteed!

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Self-confidence is indeed a quality to possess, but when taken to the extreme, it can lead to the pitfalls of arrogance. In general, arrogant people are not respected by others because they have a manner of superiority toward everyone else.

Instead, the opposite of arrogance is modesty and humbleness, virtues that are increasingly overlooked in today’s society.

Being modest and humble is a form of self-respect, a revelation of your dignity, and respect for others.

Even if you are confident and know your worth, strengths, qualities, and accomplishments, you also know your weaknesses.

So, when modesty and humbleness are your qualities, you do not feel the need to show off and inflate your ego in this regard. You can accept the achievements of others and not take credit for yourself.

When the people around you are bragging and showing off their accomplishments, it can be hard to be modest and humble. But if you want to earn the respect and appreciation of others, own these two qualities and find the balance between them in your actions.



Trust is the foundation that builds and maintains strong relationships between human beings. It develops over time through positive interactions on both sides.

Building trust with the people around you means that they know who you are, what you do, and what you stand for.

They need to see that you are trustworthy in all aspects of your life, genuine, and transparent in your honesty in fulfilling your promises.

Therefore, always make sure that your actions match your words. If you say you’re going to do something, then do it.

If you say you will be somewhere, then show up on time. If you can’t do it, just be honest about it. This will convey a feeling of safety and certainty, and the people will be more likely to take your words seriously.

If you are not trustworthy with the little things, you probably won’t be able to earn people’s respect in other areas either.

politeness, respect


Although politeness and respect are forms of social behavior, they appear less and less in today’s society.

Those who possess them can be considered rarities.

Respect and politeness are core values to build a successful, healthy, and productive relationship with family members, friends, or co-workers.

Without them, there can be no trust, cooperation, or understanding.

So, if you want to be respected, respect back.

Be polite, treat others with dignity, and acknowledge that everyone has their worth and deserves to be heard.

Even those who are not like you or who have different backgrounds from you.

Being polite helps you interact with other people smoothly. This leads to better relationships and fewer misunderstandings.

So, to every person you meet during the day, say thank you, please, and sorry whenever necessary.

On the other hand, the best way to show respect is to be a proper listener and mindful of people’s words, feelings, and needs.

Listening is a powerful tool, a mature and respectful way to interact with others. It shows that you care for them and can find common ground in understanding and valuing them and their opinions.

Each person has a different point of view of perceiving situations. In most cases, those may be different from yours.

But that doesn’t mean their opinion is wrong and yours is correct. It is just that you both see the same situation from two different angles.

It is essential not to engage in contradictory disputes. Consider their point of view, and confirm with diplomacy that you did not think about the situation from their perspective. But it can be taken into account.

This is powerful because you show that you value them as human beings, making them feel validated.

You give them your respect, earn their respect, and keep the relationship intact.


Not everyone is born to be a leader, but it is a quality that can be developed.

If you already own it, you can say you won the jackpot.

The leader is valued and respected and gains authority from the people through how he educates, cares for, and treats them.

How he takes charge and handles any situation to make things happen makes him outstanding.

He has ideas and vision and is willing to work hard and take risks to bring them to reality.

Are you a born leader?

Are you creative, confident in taking the lead, able to make decisions, and bring goals to reality?

If so, you will only gain the respect of the people on your side who are willing to lead them because they know that no matter the situation, you will find a way together to bring things to a successful end.



A wounded soul and helping hands will always create unions between people and attract the appreciation and respect of others.

This is compassion, deep sympathy, and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune, considered the highest virtue. It is often accompanied by qualities such as kindness, empathy, and forgiveness.

Regardless of nationality, gender, color, or age, open your soul and show compassion through your words, actions, or thoughts.

Any gesture of kindness generates meaningful interactions and can reach wounds that only it can heal. It will make a remarkable difference in your world, but especially in someone else world!


Cultivate the right qualities and use them wisely through how you interact and portray yourself as a public figure.

What are your personal qualities that make you stand out?

What other qualities do you think could complete the list above?

Just tell us your opinion in the comment below.

Till next time…

Let your Personal Qualities be your Signature!

Diana O. Debreczeni

Founder of Dare & Be.

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Spread the Word to the World!

8 thoughts on “10 Personal Qualities Examples that will earn you the respect of others”

  1. Hi Diana, 

    Thank you so much for this article! I couldn’t agree more with the saying “Respect is earned, not imposed.” Your article was clearly written and easy to understand and to put into perspective. 

    As I was reading, I was trying to be aware of my own traits, (self awareness, trustworthiness, humbleness, etc.) the way I carry and present myself and most importantly, the way I treat others. Your article put things into perspective and was a good reminder of how we should be as humans. 

    Thanks again! I’m looking forward to reading more of your articles. 

    1. Hi Albert,

      Thank you for your kind words of appreciation. I must say that your contribution adds more value to my article by highlighting the most important thing: how we should be as human beings.

  2. Very inspiring post Diana. Many things in this post hit home for me. So true – a quitter never wins, and a winner never quits! We know these words to be true, but the challenge is to live by them in your darkest hour. I was inspired by your story of challenge, and reinventing yourself as needed. I’ve had to do that a couple of times in my life, and I’ve learned the human spirit is stronger than we realize. Your post made me relive many of those rainy chapters in my life, and how we pull through if we just keep pushing forward. Thanks again for your inspiring words, and what a life you’ve had! So many cool experiences.

    1. Hello David,

      I really appreciate the time spent reading different articles on the website. The beautiful and kind words in your comment definitely relate to one of my articles, Dream High and Succeed even Higher, which is part of my personal story.

      I think that each of us has at some point experienced chapters in personal life with which someone can identify, or for someone else, to be a source of inspiration to help him/her move forward in situations of shadow and hopelessness. If you think that you personally have such a story that can bring someone  light, faith, and motivation, please get in touch with me, and together we can make it known.

      To return to the present article, please tell me, in your case, which of these qualities do you consider to define you, and especially do you think there could be others added?

      Thank you for your input, it is much appreciate it. You are more than welcome to come back anytime for new updates.

  3. I think of all these rules for better influencing other is self-confidence and it is also very important that you know how to listen to others. All of these tips can be of great benefit to those who are insecure and lack confidence. Very interesting and instructive text for everyone.

  4. Hello Diana. I loved reading this article. While reading, I tried to find myself there, to see whether I have the qualities or not. And I’m happy because I see I always have had them during my life. However, there is still space for improvements. No one is perfect. Thank you for this captivating article.

    1. Hi Nat,

      I’m glad to see you again here on the platform, and especially that you loved reading the article. Believe me, I also enjoyed writing this article, because I have always supported and will support the statement: Respect is earned, not imposed!

      Unfortunately, not many people know or support this statement, as a result are their words, attitude, and behavior.

      But I’m glad, and I’m sure it’s not your case. Indeed, no one is perfect, but it is enough to know that by the way we present ourselves in intersocial relationships, we can achieve perfection as a role model in the eyes of others.

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