“Values need to make sense on a gut level while reflecting what one feels in one’s heart. Once these values are identified, one needs to be able to discuss and model them in such a way that everyone can relate to them.” Harry M. Kraemer
Therefore, as a values based leader consider asking yourself on a regular basis………
1. What example am I setting?
Where did I learn this?
Who were my mentors, guides and friends that influenced what I now believe?
What events in my life helped shape what I now believe?
2. Am I living a balanced life?
What does a balanced life look like?
What are the short term and long term effects on others of a balanced life?
What needs to be done to maintain a balanced life?
3. Are my actions in alignment with the values and beliefs that I profess?
What form of ongoing discernment do you use to ensure this alignment?
Do your actions reveal your values without explaining them?
How do you know?
4. What am I ,personally, doing to further my knowledge and understanding of those values I espouse?
What do I read, listen to, or watch?
With whom do I relate the best?
How much time do I spend reinforcing and reflecting on the values I hold?