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Core Leadership Values | MasonLeads | George Mason University
Values are the guiding principles in our lives. Leadership occurs within the context of core values. Leaders guide and facilitate others to make a positive difference in their own lives and to contribute to a larger good. Values inform the application of leadership qualities as the competencies of leadership are activated - learned, developed, and practiced - within the set of core values.

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The Importance Of Core Leadership Values

Leaders facilitate others to contribute positively in a given context. Their core values inform their approach to leading. By focusing and positively building on what people believe and value, instead of simple problem-solving, leaders have the potential for far more wide impact.

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Core Leadership Values

1. Respect: being respectable and treating yourself and others, regardless of differences, with dignity, empathy and compassion.

2. Making a Difference: making a positive impact on the world around you.

3. Integrity: being moral, ethical and trustworthy.

4. Authenticity: being consistent, congruent and transparent in values, beliefs and actions while integrating those traits to your pursuit of growth.

5. Courage: acting intentionally for the common good, facing adversity and acting in the service of inclusion and justice.

6. Service: being humble and committing beyond self-interest for a greater cause.

7. Humility: being self-aware and not arrogant while open to different perspectives.

8. Wisdom: a broad understanding of human dynamics and an ability to balance the interests of multiple stakeholders when making decisions; can take a long term perspective in decision-making.

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5 Steps to Identify your values

  1. Think through and describe the following in detail: What have been your 3 greatest accomplishments and 3 greatest moments of efficiency and what are any common themes that you can identify?
  2. Think through and describe the following in detailWhat have been your 3 greatest failures and 3 greatest moments of inefficiency and the common themes that you can identify?
  3. Identify 3-4 brief sentences of advice you would give to yourself based upon these commonalities.
  4. Try and reduce them to a few words. 
  5. Test the value. Think of a situation where following your core value hurts you rather than helps you.