I’m reading the book Leadership Challenge. One of the many things that I have come across while reading this book is that impotence of our core values. A quote I read said, “We are much more in control of our own lives when we’re clearer about our personal values. When values are clear we don’t have to rely upon direction from someone in authority.” When we are clear about our values we are:
– Highly motivated
– Make Clearer decisions
– Loyal or higher commitment level to relationships or organizations
– Personal and organizational growth
– People tend to follow people who have strong values
Here is a great process to help you determine your values: http://www.chazown.com
The important key is to be able to understand and articulate what values you hold to. Many of us get frustrated with individuals who make poor decisions. Most of the time our frustration or anger is the alarm that goes off inside of us exposing to us our core value. I have seen in my own life my frustration with other people have almost always been they have violated some of my core values.
For instance, when I am part of a meeting that talks about information that keeps going around again, again with the same information with no clear cut results I begin feeling like this is a waste of my time because we are accomplishing nothing! One of my values is using my time wisely and getting results – excellence! When I begin feeling my time isn’t being used wisely it becomes frustrating to me. There seems to be no purpose to the meeting and my mind begins to wander to other things that I need to accomplish throughout my day.
After identifying your values it is important to filter your values through a question like this: Are my values strong principles that will enhance my life and those around me? I have seen great leaders that have impacted many people’s lives and their organizations, but due to poor values, they have brought hurt and pain to their life and to those that are in their organization. If I have a value in my life that isn’t valuable I need to begin taking steps to redirect my poor value to become the best value.
Read more on Core Values at: http://blog.mytruelife.org/?cat=7
Today’s Challenge: Write down each time your get frustrated or angered for one week and identify your core value in each of the situations that accure.