Values Driven Leadership

By Michael Coffey on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 in Leadership, Leadership Development, Leadership Tips

Take a moment and reflect on a “day in your life”. What pressures and challenges do you face as a leader throughout the day? How do you deal with them? How do you make the best decisions you can? How do you stay true to who you are and what you are all about? How do you avoid compromise? How do you stay focused on living a value-driven life? It is a tragedy because many people have given up on the possibility, they have concluded that it is unrealistic and out of reach. Who can blame them? Don’t we all at times begin believing the voice within us and the voices around us that shout “it looks great on the big screen but it won’t happen in my world?” Everyday people are giving up on living a value-driven life characterized by trust, meaning, truth, purpose, significance and vision.

I believe that even in the face of our daily struggles and the obstacles placed before us we can live more fully and more alive. I believe that we have the opportunity to stand in the face of it all and shout back, “I will not live a smaller life than I was created to live!” I also believe that living this type of life begins with each of us digging down deep and unearthing our core values.

What are Values?
“They are the foundational truths that anchor our lives, the things that matter to us most, the non-negotiable characteristics that best define our identities.” (Gary Collins)

The problem each of us face every day is that the struggles, pressures and obstacles begin to push our values down and out of our minds, hearts, and spirits. But there is good news, although they are pushed aside and silenced by the pressures we face they still dwell within us like a volcano ready to activate and erupt. And while a volcano destroys our values enliven us to live above the challenges and beyond our perceived limitations.

In my years of experience as a Consultant and Executive Coach, I have seen amazing things occur in the lives of people who take that necessary and courageous step and begin to clarify their core values. There are four significant things that will emerge in the lives of those who discover, clarify, and lead while guided by their core values.

1. Core Values Motivate Us

2. Core Values Help Us Make Decisions

3. Core Values Are Foundational for Growth

4. Core Values Bring Results

“When people take time and make the effort to focus on their values – the things that matter most to them – they are much better positioned to thrive in the face of life’s daily pressures. Winning individuals, families and organizations have identified their values and apply them to daily living. When they face crucial decisions and times of crisis, value driven people are able to respond quickly and appropriately.” (Gary Collins)

Values: What are they Worth?
What would it be worth to live like this? How would it feel to live with greater motivation, a greater ability to make the right decisions, to know you are growing and to experience extraordinary results? What are the top three struggles currently facing you? Could clarity of values see you through those struggles and take you beyond your perceived limitations? The velocity of change in today’s world requires a steady commitment to your core values. If you don’t have something to anchor your life (core values) and hold onto than everything is up for grabs and people loose their way.

What Do You Think?
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Written By: Michael J. Coffey, MA | Co-Founder & CEO Cultiver Group Inc.
Certified SDI Facilitator | Certified Leading from Your Strengths Facilitator |
Certified Professional Executive Coach | Certified Change Management Practitioner|
Creator of 5 Frame CoachingTM | Committed Values-Driven Leader

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