We are at our best when our work is well-aligned with our values, and leaders are no exception. Yet in the fray of day-to-day challenges, rarely do we stop to reflect on what we hold most important, and/or how that might have changed over the years. If you don’t take time to do that, you may miss an important insight, solution, or an area or two where compromises have led to some level of enduring unease. Consider your values from time to time, and reconcile them to what you are doing (and not doing) in your work. A relatively small investment in this area can lead to big jumps in your own development as a leader—and that will position you well for being at your best most days.
- What ARE your values? If you were to list only those things that you hold to be most important, what would—without hesitation—definitely be on your list?
- Considering your day to day tasks and relationships, where are you well-aligned, and less-well-aligned with each item on your values list?
- What can you do to increase your commitment to or engagement in the areas of your work where alignment is stronger?
- Considering those areas where your values alignment is not as strong, what needs changing, and how you will hold yourself accountable to making those changes?
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