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

A person’s personality is more than what he says or does, it is who he is as an individual, and how he acts. Each person has different qualities that make them unique, but some personal qualities examples 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.


Being respected by others is a valuable asset that can help you in all areas of your life. Your opinions, ideas, and advice are taken into account by others, paying close attention to listen to you when you have something to say. They trust you and consider you a good mentor to follow.

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

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

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For people to respect you, you have to respect yourself first and foremost. 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 all the time because this will send a positive message about your self-care.

Setting boundaries is a skill that unfortunately not everyone has. People respect those who set personal boundaries and enforce them because they show that they are strong enough to take care of themselves emotionally and that they do not allow anyone under any circumstances to walk all over them.

Being comfortable setting boundaries with everyone in your life is a form of self-respect. 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 certainly can directly speak your mind, giving voice to your opinions, and bringing 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 else that you are not just to make others like you. People who have the gut to say what they think has always been appreciated by others, so your confident attitude will surely capture their interest.

When you have confident behavior you are more likely to succeed in many areas of your life because you allow yourself to take risks, overcome challenges, and persevere when 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!



Self-confidence is a great 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 with which treat 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 also respect for others. Even if you are confident enough 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.

It can be difficult to be modest and humble when you are surrounded by people who are constantly bragging and showing off their accomplishments. 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 a strong relationship 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 are going to 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.


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Although politeness and respect are forms of social behavior, in today’s society they seem to be on the verge of extinction. That’s why those who own them can be considered rare, having acquired qualities.

Respect and politeness are core values when it comes to building a successful, healthy, and productive relationship with family members, friends, or co-workers, because, without them, there can be no trust, cooperation, or understanding. So, if you want to be respected you must respect back, be polite and 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 more smoothly, which can lead to better relationships and fewer misunderstandings. So, be polite to every person you meet during the day, and 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 to be mindful of people’s words, feelings, and needs. Listening is a powerful tool, a mature and respectful way to interact with others, to show that you care, that they are important, and that you can find a common ground in understanding and valuing them and their opinions.

Another way to show respect for others is to respect and accept their opinions. Each person has a different way of perceiving situations. Everyone may have different points of view, which in most cases, they may be different from yours. But that doesn’t mean their opinion is wrong, and yours is correct. It’s just that you both see the same situation from two different angles.

Important is to consider their point of view, to do not to engage in contradictory disputes, and to confirm with diplomacy that you did not think about the situation from this perspective, but that it can be taken into account.

Doing so is a powerful thing because you show that you value them as human beings, and that can only make them feel validated. This way you give them your respect, you earn their respect, and you 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 appreciated, respected, and he gains authority from people for the way he educates, cares for, and treats them. He is outstanding in the way he takes the lead and handles every situation to make things happen.

He has his ideas and vision, and he 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, willing to lead them because they know that no matter what the situation, you will find a way together to bring things to a successful end.



A wounded soul, and helping hands will always be an act that will attract the appreciation and respect of others, will warm hearts, and will create unions between people. This is compassion, a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune, which is often accompanied by feelings of desire to help the person in question. Compassion is often considered the highest virtue, with qualities such as kindness, empathy, and forgiveness, which together create a meaningful life.

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’s world!



Do your best to cultivate the right qualities and be able to make proper use of them through the way you present yourself as a public image, and how you interact with others.

What are your personal qualities that make you stand out and with which you gain the appreciation and respect of those around you?

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

Just tell us your opinion in the comment below. Any feedback will bring with it our full appreciation.

Till next time…

Let your Personal Qualities be your Signature!

~ Diana O. Debreczeni ~

Founder of Dare & Be.

Dare and Be Founder
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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