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The Importance Of Core Leadership Values

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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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.