As a leader, the only effective way you can direct your life and the lives of others is to truly know what you stand for. Your personal principles, or values, direct your thoughts, priorities, preferences, and actions. The aspects of life that you value shape your character, which determine how you lead. They determine how you do everything.
Unfortunately, many leaders haven’t identified their values, and often find their roles frustrating, confusing, or unfulfilling.
If a leader’s experience can be described this way, imagine what their people are experiencing.
No two leaders will have the same set of core values. They are almost as unique as fingerprints. Your values establish your personal standards for what is right and wrong, acceptable and not acceptable. They are the basis for judging your personal progress of growth, your impact on your areas of responsibility, the contributions you’ve made, and the satisfaction you receive.
If you struggle with internal conflicts, or have a sense of something important missing from your life, assess your values.
This article explores personal values in leadership and organizational culture, and suggests ways to assess your values for greater personal satisfaction, authentic leadership, and productivity.
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The complete article includes these important concepts:
- Values are barometers
- Values as warnings
- Making use of your values
- Renewing your values
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