Get the PDF When you give someone the benefit of doubt, you assume that they know nothing of the current situation. ie: they have no contextual knowledge.
This is the safe thing to do. And if you do that, you will avoid a good many conflicts.
However, people respond to this generally with ambivalence; they don't give you respect.
Instead, one has to realise that everyone comes to you with some preconceived notions of the current context. Commanding respect is then figuring out what those notions are, finding the gaps in those notions, and then tactfully filling those gaps.
In generally, giving people the benefit of thought makes that much easier.