Isn't it obvious? We should all live by our values. We should all act and behave in a way that demonstrates what we believe in. Unfortunately, leading through ones personal values structure is not always what we see in today's society. Factors like money, popularity, and power take over and are what drives decision making. Leaders forget what they fundamentally think is important. For leaders to be effective, morally sound, inspiring, and empowering, they must lead by their values. So what does leading by your values really mean? What is Values-Based Leadership?
Values-based leaders are individuals who:
"personal mastery is a process, a lifelong discipline (p. 132)".
Leaders must commit to personal mastery because when they do, people "...are acutely aware of their ignorance, their incompetence, their growth areas, and they are deeply self confident" (Senge, 2006, p.133).
It is my hope that I can empower the students I teach and clients I work with by modelling values-based leadership, and guiding them through experiences that allow them to think deeply about where their strengths and areas of growth lie. It is my goal, to ignite the leadership potential within each of my students and clients, because as Kouzes and Posner (2007) state, "leadership is everybody's business".
Senge, P. M. (2006). The fifth discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization. New York, NY: Currency Doubleday.
Kouzes & Posner (2007). The leadership challenge. San Fransisco, CA: Jossey-Bass