What is more precious than gold? The thing you cannot buy, thing you cannot command or cause. Respect is the thing that has to be earned, not demanded. But what sets apart people we admire and respect? Those people have cultivated right habits. Habits that are worth mirroring and cultivating more than anything else:
Highly respected people are often down-to-earth. They know that respect might elevate you, but you find it on the ground. Those people are truly accessible. Instead of building walls of elitism around themselves, they build bridges. Without being accessible it'a really hard to earn respect. When boss gets out of the office to talk to the stuff, listen to their ideas and complains - it makes a difference.