Definition of values:
The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance or precision of something: “your support is of great value”
We live our life by our values. We make our choices based on our values. The values that are most important to us, that sit closest are the ones that drive the direction we go in everyday. Yet again, another topic that I haven’t really thought about – I can’t even remember if this was covered during my time at university. What are my values? What are my leadership values?
A great article that I found on leadership values is one from forbes.com which was actually really good. One part of his article that sat with me was “your leadership must be rooted in who you are and what matters most to you. When you truly know yourself and what you stand for, it is much easier to know what to do in any situation.” Some of the words that are thought about when thinking about leadership values are some like; integrity, loyalty, respect, excellence, accountability, empowerment, quality, efficiency, dignity, collaboration, empathy, accomplishment, courage, security, challenge, influence, compassion, learning, teamwork – there are a lot more than that, but that is only a short Iist I came across in my readings.
What are the most important values to me? Well, I would say in priority order; loyalty, respect, and integrity. There are more that I would consider important values to me, but those are the top three that I would need to see in a leader, and for me to be an effective leader. I have identified these because throughout my life I have admired, looked up to and stayed close to those who could portray these values in how they lived their life, and how they made their decisions.
If someone doesn’t have loyalty, how am I supposed to trust them? How am I supposed to know that they are making those decisions in the consideration of those they are working with? I am loyal to the people I keep close, and to those I influence purely because I want them to trust me, I want them to know I have their best interests at heart. In a few roles I have been in since I started work, I have had people sell me out and throw me under the bus for things that I didn’t do or have no control over, this to me shows a flaw in their loyalty for their team mate and for me. I don’t know if it is because I may be young, and it’s a bit easier but it breaks that little bit of trust I may have for them. Loyalty is a big thing for me, if you show me you have it for me, I will have it for you. Simple.
If a leader can’t gain the respect those they lead, what is the point? I don’t want someone I don’t respect, or who doesn’t respect others to have an influence over me. Respect is something earned, it is something that is given to those who work hard to gain it. I work hard to respect those I work with to ensure that they respect my opinion, and my input. Without respect, leadership is non-effective.
If you don’t have integrity – I don’t think I can work with you. It is that simple. Each of us needs to have integrity. To stand up for what we believe is right, to ensure that we are influenced by things that help us nurture our values and support them.
I know I have a lot to learn about leadership and how values fit into it, but to me, if you know your fundamental values and know how to let them influence your decisions, things seem to work out to an advantage for you. You are guided by what you determine is right, and what you believe in.
I hope I answered this week’s questions – it was a thinker for sure, but I am glad it was a topic that we had to discuss. Tweet chat this week was also very interesting – listening to what people determine are leadership values shows that there are some common themes, but then some that I haven’t even thought of – which to me is the purpose of this course!
Until next week