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Why you need to know your core values (and most people currently don’t…)

Why you need to know your core values (and most people currently don’t…)

A deep interest and passion of mine is helping leaders identify their core values. It is one of the main themes in my new book ‘The Restless Executive’, which is available to Pre-Order here. For those of you who can’t wait. Here’s some direction on identifying core values.

Without knowing what your core values are it’s difficult to identify a meaningful vision, make informed decisions, build outstanding relationships and set aligned goals. In my experience many leaders are compelled to pluck goals out of thin air – I.E. Financial objectives, Career positions, Sales targets.

It is your core values that are at the very heart of your leadership, they underpin everything that you do and they deserve attention. Your core values are your personal motivators, they are the reasons you do what you do in the way you do it. You will be unconsciously operating from them already, the real power lies in making them conscious and then checking-in to see where you are honouring / not honouring them. You will be surprised at the impact of this.

Without knowing what your core values are objectives become hard if not impossible to obtain. I also believe that you won’t enjoy the journey. If this is happening to you, it is likely you are showing up as someone you are not and you will feel restless (because deep down inside, you know there is a different way to lead) This also has an impact on how you are expressing yourself, which in turns impacts your team and affects productivity and ultimately the bottom line.

Clarity on core values makes leading so much easier. The many benefits of having this clarity are illustrated in The Restless Executive. When your vision and goals are compatible with your values you will feel much more fulfilled. After all, if you don’t enjoy what you do, then what’s the point?

Your values are unique to you. Even values that appear similar can have different meanings to different people.

To make a start to discover your values, ask yourself two questions: What is important to me? What do I enjoy doing?

By way of an example, one answer could be, ’I enjoy finding solutions for other people’. Deeper exploration could reveal core values such as Making a Difference or Problem Solving. Or you may enjoy mountain climbing, outside of your business life and when you go deeper and ask ‘what does this give me?’ It may reveal values such as Freedom or Adventure. My question to you would then be, how do you bring Freedom and Adventure into your professional life?

Once you’ve identified your values, only then are you in a position to align your vision and goals. But don’t rush the process of identifying your values. It can help to have others’ input to verify your openness. This is where coaching can help as it does with William Cleverly in The Restless Executive – Join William as he goes on his own journey from restlessness to courageous leadership and complete the exercises along the way – And I would love to hear how much more fulfilled your feel as a result.

From Restless to Revitalised…

From Restless to Revitalised…

As an Executive, Manager or Team Leader, you may sometimes feel out of touch with what once made you so passionate about your work. This shows up as restlessness. The goals that previously gave you the drive to achieve and feel a sense of achievement may feel absent. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. It is completely possible for you to reclaim your purpose, enthusiasm and the drive that’s essential for you to feel fulfilled, motivated and ultimately successful (whatever that means to you personally). Creating and leading a thriving team is a direct result of the leader knowing who they are, and acting in alignment with what’s important to them.

My work with Senior Leaders helps them to reinvigorate their roles and crucially, the way they show up and lead. The two are, after all, inextricably linked. Many of the insights derived from my coaching can be found in my new book, ‘The Restless Executive – Reclaim your values, love what you do and lead with purpose’. (Available to Pre-Order here). In it you’ll find some of my thoughts on restlessness and how it can impact you both personally and professionally.

Here is where the ‘Disconnect’ appears, which leads to the restless feeling. Most executives, leaders and managers do not actually know what it is that is truly important to them, let alone the priority order of these drivers

For leadership to be truly authentic and powerful, your actions must be aligned to your own core values. It’s my experience that over time, people drift away from who they truly are at their core – hence the ‘Disconnect’ and it often takes something monumental, such as a health scare, to get people to stop and think. If we just take the time to stop and listen to ourselves, to our gut instincts or intuition, we can avoid this happening. This is something I go deeper into in the book. Where once you felt you were in the driving seat of your career, there can come a point where you feel like you have lost control and the business is driving you.

In my role as speaker and coach, I encourage leaders to get in touch with their intuition, core values and own the choices they make. To journey from restless to revitalised, it is really important to be honest with yourself, identify what it is that is truly important, what it is you love doing and reconnect to the truth of who you are. Making the necessary changes is not without challenge and takes courage, yet the journey it takes you on is so very rewarding, should you decide to ‘Go There’.

If you are ready to answer the call, embrace and overcome your restlessness, I invite you to invest in a copy of The Restless Executive (Click Here) and enjoy the discovery and subsequent transformation that is in store for you…