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The Respect Effect: Using the Science of Neuroleadership to Inspire a More Loyal and Productive Workplace by Paul Meshanko

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CHAPTER 9 Self-Esteem: The Art of Respecting Ourselves

Almost 20 years ago, I attended a personal development workshop where the concept of self-esteem was introduced. Even though I’d heard of it before, I had never had the subject thoroughly explained or linked to behavior and performance. The introduction of this subject illuminated for me what I believe to be one of people’s greatest blind spots. Healthy self-esteem is not only a reliable predictor of a person’s overall mental health and wellness but also of how that person treats others. It is almost impossible to treat other people with respect on a consistent basis unless we respect ourselves first.

Before we define self-esteem, let’s make sure we know what it isn’t. Over the years, there ...

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