Building a Values-Based Leadership Team


Values-Based Leadership Teams

Optimal outcomes are the result of an alignment between what individuals and organizations are expected to accomplish. The most desirable approach to achieving these outcomes is establishing a framework in which to operate. This approach provides a systematic method for successfully working in a values-based culture.

Values are the criteria by which people make choices and decisions: They are enduring beliefs and the standards by which individuals operate. Values define the principles that guide a person to his or her goals. When individuals continually succeed, the entire organization benefits.

Values (customs and folklore of tribal cultures) have been recorded by public observers from the earliest times in human history. Most recently, they have been studied in a more systematic manner by such varied and respected public figures as management consultants Thomas Peters and Robert Waterman, as well as by social scientists.

Dr. Morris Massey, author of the Values Analysis Profile, performed extensive work in this field dating back to the early 1970s. Many of the practical aspects and implications of his findings are available in his book, The People Puzzle, and videotape series What You Are Is.

Values have been viewed as the common core concept across all peoples, organizations, cultures, and their behaviors.

By the end of this program, participants will be able to

  • Develop values,

  • Establish definitions for each value,

  • Promote a common language based on the established values,

  • Reinforce ownership and individual responsibility, and

  • Recognize the relationship of values to norms, attitudes, needs, and motives.

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