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Leadership Values Define Great Leaders

Does your organization have a clear concept of leadership values? Can you leaders list, describe and define them on the spot? The US ARMY leadership values are trained, learned, posted and shared. Conduct, promotions, and evaluations are based on these core values. Making leaders great is our mission.  We have learned that leadership values define great leaders

Having had the privilege of working with corporate leaders, association leaders and leader from all branches of the military I have seen differences in how organizations approach leadership.  The military has a long history of educating and developing thousands of leaders over generations.

The first colony-wide militia was formed by Massachusetts in 1636 by merging small older local units, and several National Guard units can be traced back to this militia.  This is when organizational structure and leadership values began forming. They have developed a system that creates leaders, siphons out leaders and guides expectations.  Leaders who have fallen from grace, have faced the humiliation, dishonor, and shame, f not living up to these standards. The values become internal for each leader.

New and older organizations can learn from their leadership development process.

Leadership Values Matter

Our most valuable leadership development lessons came from working with the military and experiencing their dedication to training and embedding everywhere that “leadership values” matter. Time and time again expectations, standards and a culture of values were exhibited   There are clear standards for all. Leaders are trained in those standards, held to those standards and evaluated on those standards. The come from their core values.  

For instance, the Army has their core leadership values taught, repeated, memorized and utilized.  They are Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.  These values are embedded in every course and leadership experience.

They are not just words, here are the Army_Core_Values detailed in PDF for you to read. Note how expectations for leaders match the stated value.

I encourage every organization to have a leadership core values statement, with specific expectations for each value.  It is important that every leadership class, event, and experience reads the values, instills the values and every component of leadership development, retention, recruitment, and engagement infuses the values.  Move leadership values from words to a culture of execution and expectation.

These are the Navy values

 

 

 

 

Posted in Inspiration on June 26, 2017 by admin.

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