Disrespectful Behaviors That Ruin Leadership, Teamwork & Customer Experience

When you think of disrespectful behaviors you often come up with the same ones over and over. Yet that doesn’t lessen the impact of those behaviors on others. When people disrespect others it has tangible long-term effects.

Now consider what happens when those disrespectful behaviors are in a work setting. What happens to leaders who disrespect those they lead? What does lack of respect for teammates do to teamwork? How do customers or patients react when they are the targets of disrespect? Well here is a list of these damaging behaviors and what they really do!



Disrespectful Behaviors: Image is quote by Colleen Sheehy Orme

Disrespectful Behaviors That Ruin Leadership, Teamwork, Customer Experience. Image by Colleen Sheehy Orme via Pinterest.

Image by Colleen Sheehy Orme.


Disrespectful Behaviors That Ruin Everything

The following list of disrespectful behaviors may seem humdrum and old hat. It isn’t. Every human being reacts negatively to disrespect and that alone makes this as current and valuable today as it has ever been.


  1. Not listening. It’s #1 on the list because not listening tells others you don’t care. It’s the equivalent of saying stop talking (even if you don’t use those words or worse ones.) When leaders don’t listen, those they lead stop caring about the work. When teammates stop listening to each other, they can’t get the job done. The times when businesses stop listening to customers they go elsewhere. And when healthcare workers stop listening to patients and those advocating for them, the patients and advocates go out and tell the world so others won’t suffer.

  2. Who do you think you’re fooling?

  3. Manipulating. Who likes being played for a fool? Nobody I know. When you manipulate others and they realize it, it’s likely they will never trust you again. Ponder the impact of that on leadership, teamwork, business, and patient care!

  4. Cheating/lying. Taking credit for other’s work is a form of cheating. Those who do it don’t see it that way. Yet who do they think they’re fooling? It is cheating and it paints them in the worst light. The impact can last for years and years.

  5. Acting superior. This disrespectful action creates more resentment that you might think. In it’s most extreme case, it can cause people to actually rise up against you and bring you down. Humility is a far more powerful approach to living and it doesn’t create enemies.

  6. Disrespectful Words Create Lasting Trouble

  7. Insults. Words matter. Racist slurs, sexist remarks, degrading comments about people’s appearance, etc… all leave lasting scars that ruin future interaction. Even trivializing someone’s feelings is insulting. It will also make you look like a boorish oaf or worse. Develop emotional intelligence to avoid insulting others.


Main Message Here About Disrespectful Behaviors

If you are a leader, a team member, a business owner, a front line worker in customer service, or a healthcare professional, be very aware of how you come across to others. Also, use this checklist of disrespectful behaviors with your entire organization to help everyone learn how they may be creating trouble that doesn’t need to happen. Replace these troublesome disrespectful behaviors with respectful behaviors that build trust and appreciation.



What other disrespectful behaviors, if any, would you add to this list of 5?


From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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