We spend an estimated 90,000 hours at work – that’s one-third of our lives. Spending such a substantial portion of our lives in the workplace, it’s crucial to lead a professional life that reflects our personal values. When you do, you create a sense of harmony, build a foundation of trust and respect, and inspire those around you to do the same.
The final two points of note about building a values-based leadership style are perhaps, in my opinion, the most important. They openly allow you and those you lead to lean into their values without guilt or shame.
Learn to Set Boundaries Around Your Values
Setting boundaries around your values doesn’t mean being inflexible or uncompromising. Instead, it’s knowing what you will and won’t tolerate in your life. It’s setting a standard for how you want to be treated and holding others accountable to that standard.
There will be times when speaking your truth comes at a cost, but it’s always worth it to stay true to yourself. When you do, you set the tone for those around you and show them it’s possible to lead a life of integrity.
Empower Others to Stand in Their Convictions
One of the most powerful things you can do as a leader is to empower those around you to identify and lean into their values. We often think of leadership as a hierarchical role that is reserved for those in positions of power, but that’s not always the case. In fact, some of the most dynamic leaders I’ve had the privilege of working with didn’t have a manager or director in their title.
What they did have was a clear understanding of their values and the courage to stand up for them. They created an environment where others felt safe to do the same and inspired those around them to live their lives with purpose and intention.
So ask yourself, what are your values? And more importantly, how are you putting them into action in your personal and professional life?