I strongly believe one of the keys to treating others with respect is listening. And arguably the most important four words in support of listening are, “What do you think?”
Please consider the impact if we asked each other more often, “What do you think?” Then, really listened to the answer. I strongly believe it would state, “You are important. I respect your insight, judgment, experience, and contribution.”
Unfortunately we can get trapped into thinking more about what we want to transmit than what we might benefit from listening. Through all of next week try this: increase the number of times you ask others, “What do you think?” And then, see what happens.