Respect is not something that can be demanded. It is something that needs to be earned. During university we had professors that would demand respect just out of the fact that they were professors. But to slight others to feel better oneself doesn't ask for respect.
It calls for other measures.
I always respected those people who wouldn't ask for respect and treat others well. Who didn't need to slight others but would help them to develop their skills further.
And indeed this is my ideal. I wanna be like that. But I still need to learn a lot myself.