Characteristics Of Value Based Leadership

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Another trait that I have found to be an essential part of effective leadership is authentic value-based leadership. In this sense, a leader is well aware of his or her values and strives to live out those values on a daily basis. No one can be authentic by trying to imitate someone else. Sure you can learn from other’s experiences, but in order to be an effective leader, you must be rooted in who you are and what matters most to you. (George 163). When you truly know yourself and what you stand for, it is much easier to know what to do in any situation. It is essential for leaders to be unshakable from their core values and, hold strong convictions. This is the basis of authentic, value-based leadership.
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Values are the principles or standards of behavior that one deems worthy or important in life. They are of upmost importance to a leader because they act as the filters in decision-making and behavior. In this sense, a leader runs every situation through their set of values to see how potential outcomes hold up or falter based on their values. Eric Pierce, a guest speaker in our class, described this idea by stating that our values, combined with our knowledge and skills, were the driving force of our behavior norms. In addition, Dr. Lindsay discusses the importance of morals in platinum leaders by what he calls the ethics of conviction. This holds that platinum leaders are true to their moral principles regardless of the outcome (122). The fact that so many platinum leaders hold strong morals made me look into my own values. Through this course and some self-reflection, I have identified three values that I see as being significantly important to being a successful leader in the field of Dentistry. They are maintaining Christ at the center of my work, implementing integrity in all situations, and maintaining a healthy work/life balance. I am interested to see how you have upheld these values over the past five years and if they you still hold these values in esteem as you enter private …show more content…
After researching the life of John Wooden this semester, I realized the effectiveness of leading by example as he believed that a leader’s most powerful ally is his or her own example. He consistently lived a life based on his values outlined in the Pyramid of Success and his personal creed. As a result, his players were more likely to listen and follow his leadership and emulate his values. As a leader, you are responsible for a team of people and they will reflect your leadership in terms of moral character. Therefore, if you set a high standard and example for abiding by certain values and ethical behavior, then your team will follow suit. It is not simply enough, however, to simply proclaim the values you wish to lead by. To be effective, one must authentically live out the values he or she declares as important. One of our guest speakers, Lisa Wagner, was a strong supporter of character and integrity being blended through every aspect of our lives, especially leadership. Most importantly, she emphasized that these values must be authentic. Aditionally, Bill George highlights some aspects of authentic leadership in his article, Discovering Your Authentic Leadership. In it, he states that leading authentically entails leaders who demonstrate a passion for their purpose, practice their values consistently, and lead with

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