Values are an important part of any organization. Your values communicate what is important to the organization and what you believe in. Setting clear values will help not only you lead better but your team to do better work.
However, building a value-driven culture is difficult. It’s easy to get caught up in the wrong things when creating values and then communicating those values to the right people.
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Let’s take a look at 3 steps to build a culture that values values.
The Correct Way To Build A Value-Driven Culture Within Your Organization
1. Use phrases, not singular words:
It’s easy to fall into the trap of using a singular word when trying to communicate the values of your organization. You may want to say “We value respect” or “We value humility.” But what do those phrases really mean? Read more...
Leadership comes with it’s own pitfalls. The trappings we all hate. The frustrations of making a tough choice. The terror of stepping forward.
Yet we lead, even with the long lists of things we hate.
1. The added responsibility of leadership: Yup, we all step into leadership and know there’s going to be added responsibility. Sometimes the added responsibility that comes with leadership can be overwhelming.
2. The responsibility to make the hard decisions: Leaders are there for a reason. We’re there to set a course, to plot the way, to make decisions. Not every decision we face will be easy. We’ll have to make some really difficult choices. Read more...
There have been many people who were called leaders yet they never truly led. They were only out for themselves and no one else.
Not their team. Not their coworkers. And sadly not even their family. The only one who mattered was covering their own butt, numero uno.
But, in his new book, Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek turns this leadership method on it’s head, and then kicks it hard to the curb.
The greatest question you’ll need to answer from Leaders Eat Last is “Am I eating last?”
Sinek really reinforced the notion that leadership is less about the leader and more about the leader watching out for the team. Leaders go above and beyond to keep their teams together rather than tearing the team apart through layoffs and petty office politics. Read more...