Three things to earn respect? I would say:
Be seen – if you are leading a large organisation get out there and spend time talking to people. Smile and say hello to everyone. Structure this into your week. Drop into digital zoom-meetings to chat in the same way as you visit teams in person. Be seen MORE in troubled times, when difficult things are happening, being out there rather than hiding away earns respect, even if people don’t like what you are doing.
Be straight – Always try to create simple messages to guide your organisation through the complexity of the world. Give direct answers to things, say what you think, trust people to deal with the consequences of their questions, treat them like grown-ups. Choose your leadership messages, reinforce them over and over again, and link current action to those messages. If you speak simply people will want to listen and respect you for it.
Be someone – Bring the whole of yourself to work, you are probably a leader not because of what you do but because of who you are, so don’t hide some of it for your ‘private life’. Be confident enough to show your vulnerabilities, people will see you as an authentic leader, a whole person, respect you, and follow you.