Values and Leadership

I have the pleasure of teaching future business leaders at Ohio Valley University. My subject is Business Law I. Effectively, it's my job to introduce them to the litigious world in which we live and do business. In class today, I challenged them to consider whether law is a moral minimum. I asked them to discuss this issue because I believe that leaders need a strong value system to operate in today's world. It's not enough to determine whether the law will let you do it or whether there's money to be made in a transaction. Sometimes leaders have to make tough decisions based on values.

I believe that is part of what John Maxwell means when he writes, "Leaders without inner strength can't be counted on day after day because their ability to perform changes constantly." As a leader, if your value system isn't clear, it will be tough for people to follow you because they will never know what to expect. Leaders should epitomize consistency of character. And that requires having, and using, values.

If you don't already know what you stand for, you need to explore that topic sooner than later. If you look behind you and no one is following, perhaps you just found a reason.

Enjoy your values exploration! Becky