Remember back in 90’s (I’m dating myself) when the new catch word was “team” and “teamwork”. More recently “employee engagement” was the new buzz word. Simply using a new theory without a full understanding of it is like putting a new mission statement or list of values on the wall every few years and never referring to it again. In this sense, it’s key to understand the various steps at building a values-based culture to maximize the on-going potential of your team and organization.
Values-Based Leadership vs. Living Organizational Values
Values-based leadership is where leaders motivate and influence others to pursue what matters most. Living the values of an organization is when all employees, regardless of title think, breathe and portray the values listed on their company website, wall or human resource manual.
Regardless of where your organizational list of values “live” –
are you living them?
Values-based leaders are dedicated to and actively engaged in trying to make a difference within their specific sphere of influence. The ultimate goal of values-based leadership is to encourage those you interact with to make decisions which align with the values of your organization.
Reminder – we are all leaders regardless of titles
Steps to Building a Values-Based Culture
- Take the time for self-reflection: It’s best to take a couple of weeks to a month to dialogue with colleagues and acquaintances to gain a better understanding of how others perceive you (i.e.) communication habits, team work etc. To be a values-based leader, you must be willing to look within yourself through regular self-reflection and strive for greater self- awareness. After all, if you aren’t self-reflective, how can you truly know yourself? If you don’t know yourself, how can you lead yourself? If you can’t lead yourself, how can you lead others?
- Create balance: The ability to see situations through different lenses and differing viewpoints to gain a fuller understanding. Ask questions. Be curious. Balance means you ponder all sides and opinions with an open mind instead of making assumptions.
- Accept yourself as you are: Recognize your strengths and areas for continuous improvement. Leaders never stop learning.
Leadership is the ability and capacity to influence others
Inspiring a values-based culture can be a challenge. Organizations often have difficulties around common language to initiate a dialogue about culture or don’t have the framework.
Not sure where to start? Let’s chat! Want to help your team take the next steps to building a values-based culture? Connect with Janic! Let’s work together to create a collaborative and fun program that will ignite passion and creativity.
Thanks for reading and I welcome your thoughts!