Leadership is … Values #401
Our heartfelt values drive our thinking, activities and behavior. As a leader, your values are demonstrated in everything you do.
“Values are those things we consider or rate highly, prize, esteem or deem important.” (Hunter, 2015)
Values are uncompromisable, undebatable truths, characteristics that drive and direct behavior. They are motivational; they give reason to why we do things. They are restrictive and place boundaries to guide our behavior. They provide the core of individual, group or organizational identity. They are enduring judgments about what you consider important, like the shoulders on a major highway. Values can be described as what we treasure the most, those things we want to live or die for. They are the belief characteristics that distinguish us one from another.
Leaders who are living by their values reap a great benefit from the Lord; David said they “will never be shaken.” (Psalm 112:6 NKJV)
Leadership is value based. What values guide your leadership? What values are so strong in your life that you would resign before you would compromise?
As a Christian Servant Leader, I strive to integrate my spiritual values daily. God created me, “in his own image,” (Genesis 1:27 NIV) He pre-wired skills, abilities and gifts before my birth. Jeremiah illustrates, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)
“Give me ten men that hate nothing but sin and love nothing but God and we will change the world,” (Geiger and Peck, 2016).
“I simply strive to be a God directed Servant Leader.” “Excerpt from Leadership Is … Devotions for Servant Leaders” (Amazon.ca)
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Author, Leadership is Devotions for Servant Leaders