Leading with Values
In the book “Lead Like Jesus,” Blanchard emphasizes the importance of leaders who coach and coaches who lead. He highlights that both roles share a common understanding that helping people achieve fulfilling lives involves aligning their actions with their core values. True fulfillment comes when individuals not only have awareness of their values but also make a conscious effort to live into them. Whether you are leading a team or coaching individuals, the ability to guide others towards aligning their actions with their values is a fundamental aspect of effective leadership.
Blanchard's book underscores the significance of intentional action in living into one's values. As leaders, we must recognize that our own behaviors and choices shape the culture and environment we create for our teams. By embodying the values we embrace, we set an example for others to follow. It is not enough to simply preach about values; we must actively practice them in our daily interactions and decision-making. This requires a commitment to self-reflection and a willingness to make changes when our actions do not align with our values.
In the journey of leadership, whether as a coach or a leader who coaches, the pursuit of helping individuals live into their values is paramount. Leaders and coaches must engage in open and honest conversations that delve into the core beliefs and principles of those they work with. By understanding and respecting the values of others, we can assist them in making intentional shifts in their actions and behaviors. Only then can we truly empower individuals to lead lives that are congruent with their values, ultimately leading to a sense of fulfillment and purpose.