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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Truth About Leadership: Post #4

Truth Three—Values Drive Commitment. It all starts with what you believe in. People will do whatever is consistent with their true inner values and beliefs. Because emotion rules the day ultimately, if something feels right, aligned with values, people tend to do it. One interesting chart is on p. 36, where the authors look at a 2 by 2 grid where the y axis = Clarity of Organizational Values and x axis = Clarity of personal values. Their data shows that when people are clear about their own values and their company’s values, they are more engaged. Bottom line: Help people to get clear about their own values and beliefs first and corporate values and beliefs; to the extent the value and belief sets mesh, watch engagement and productivity head north!

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