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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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Create meaningful core values

  1. Start with a beginner’s mind, someone with no preconceived notions of what is.
  2. Create your list of personal values. 
  3. Chunk your personal values into related groups. 
  4. Highlight the central theme of each value group. 
  5. Determine your top Personal Core Values. Whittle your list down to 5 - 10 core values and rank them in order of importance.
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Overlooking context

Many training initiatives assume that the same group of skills or leadership styles are suitable without considering the strategy or organizational culture of a company.

An excellent leader in one situation does not necessarily perform well in another. Focusing on context means equipping leaders with two or three competencies that will make a distinction to performance, rather than a list of leadership standards that is of no specific benefit.

Separate reflection from real work

Companies face a challenge when it comes to planning the program's curriculum.  Adults typically retain only 10 percent of what they hear in classroom lectures, but nearly two-thirds when they learn by doing. 

The answer seems straightforward: tie leadership development to real on-the-job projects. While it is not easy to create opportunities that simultaneously address high-priority needs, companies should strive to make every major business project a leadership-development opportunity as well.

Becoming A Better Leader

  • Read the life stories of those with leadership qualities that you admire and think about how to apply their lessons to your life.
  • Analyze your key relationships

3 Areas Of Life To Develop Integrity

  1. Personal Life: refuse to say or do something that you don’t believe is right and refuse to tolerate or compromise in situations where you are unhappy with the behavior of another.
  2. Financial: Casualness toward money, yours or not, brings financial casualties. Fiercely guard your credit rating, pay your bills in time and keep your word on your financial commitments.
  3. Commitment To Others: Always keep your word, be trustworthy and honorable no matter the circumstances.

The Importance Of Business Ethics

The way to becoming a great leader is through your core values, business ethics and leadership qualities which precede you in both your business and personal life.

Your business ethics are manifested in your willingness to adhere and keep to your core values. Doing so will make your character stronger and in consequence, every other part of your life will improve as well.