"When employees respect each other and get along in the workplace, it's amazing how productivity increases, morale increases and employees are more courteous to customers." -Maureen Wild
Gifford Thomas, the founder of Leadership First & author of The Inspirational Leader, Inspire Your Team to Believe in the Impossible writes...
"Respect is the glue that holds teams and organizations together. When there is a high level of trust and respect, in any environment, loyalty is extremely high and employees become very confident because people are treated with courtesy and kindness. This is why influential leaders extend a circle of safety to include every single person on their team. All forms of discrimination, bullying and gossiping are rejected and as a result the organization becomes very influential and very profitable."
Here are some additional thoughts on the importance of respect...
"Not listening: the most passive-aggressive form of disrespect for colleagues." -Marshall Goldsmith
"Ensure that an appropriate level of courtesy & respect is extended to all members of the organization. When things are tough, civility is a great asset." -Bill Walsh
You might notice there's nothing here on "liking" others. The existence of respect between people doesn't mean they like each other, it means they respect themselves enough to treat others with kindness. And kind is cool.