Great leaders are individuals who have successfully developed (or taken over) a story that appeals to the values of their followers.
Values are the motivational keys that cause people to choose to follow a particular person, path, goal, career. Think for a moment of the value that brought you to the work you do now. Were you motivated by curiosity? Prestige? Success? Financial reward? Security? Enterprise? Community? Service? Advance? There are many other values that may be your personal drivers.
You will be able to:
- Recognize key words which denote values
- Understand your own and others values
- Discover how to uncover core values
- Use values to affirm a common purpose
In groups of four or the team:
- Start by agreeing a project. If you, as a group, are already known to each other than select a project which is, or could be, under way in your company. It must be a project of some importance.
- Each person now takes five minutes to jot down some important reasons why the project should be completed successfully. Consider the benefits to the company, its customers or the market and general public, not forgetting the employees, the managers, the board of directors, the shareholders and yourself.
- Now pair up with another person in your group and compare the reasons you have given. Find those values you have in common and, as far as possible, seek to find common ground where the values appear to be different.
- One person from each pair now joins together to make a list of common values.
- Finally, all four members of the group get together to agree a final list of values which have emerged and write out a brief statement which summarises the group’s agreed values and purposes for completing the project. Prepare the final statement on a flip chart.
For larger teams this iterates until you have one set of team values.