What Core Values are Your Reflecting in Your Leadership?
Core values are the foundation of our beliefs and form our
We’re All Leading Someone
I serve as a leader in various roles whether it’s mentoring, a board position, a wife, mom, daughter, aunt, or blogger. We’re all leading in one role or another. In my experiences as a leader, I’ve encountered situations where my decisions were not always embraced, and I believe this is due to my values not aligning with the person or organization. Popular or not, my choices are mine to make, and it’s not always easy making decisions when your values do not align with those around you. In fact, it can be quite uncomfortable.
Are you currently serving on a committee or in a position where your values are not in alignment with the core values of the organization? It’s not easy to walk away or say no to great opportunities but if the institution or group does not align with your value system, you are opening the door
It’s essential to your success as a leader to identify your core values and use your core values to guide your decisions. And, it’s also a benefit when you are known for your strong values since they are our guiding principles.
What’s Your Moral Fiber Content?
Some people refer to the core values of a leader as their moral fiber or their strength of character. Do you know what your moral fiber consists of? What are some of the traits that once woven together create your moral fiber? How would your followers describe your values?
We are all influencers in some form – whether you’re a big sister, a mentor, a supervisor, chair of a committee, a mom – someone is looking up to you. What do they see? What are your core values reflecting? I’ve made a list of the top core values followers look for in leaders and leaders should exemplify. The list is not exhaustive, but through my research, I’ve listed the top 15 core values significant to a leader’s success. How many are you reflecting in your leadership?
Top 15 Core Values for Leaders
Take a moment to circle the core values important to you. Once you have identified those core values from the list, narrow the list down to five. If you’re having difficulty narrowing down the list, write out why the core value you chose is important to you or support your choice with scripture (one of my favorite methods). For example, one of my core values is Encouragement. My reason, I love to encourage others and to build them up, supporting them in their journey as stated in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV), “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
Don’t rush through the process. Take time to reflect and refine your core values. My core values are my compass to keep me on the right path. I refer to them daily. It was quite a process refining my core values. To assist you in your journey, I’m creating a series of courses to help you identify what you stand for and create a life of purpose. I’m hoping to launch the courses next month (along with the launch of my new website). It’s definitely been a work in progress but so am I and I hope you’ll join me. More to come later but in the meantime please keep our little community in your prayers!