1. What are your core values? If you want to stay true to your core values, then the first step is to know definitely what they are. There shouldn’t be any ambiguity in your mind. You need to sit down and think what principles motivate and drive you; only that realization can help you inspire others. So, start out by thinking what fundamental principles you want to believe and make the cornerstones of your team.
2. Build priorities. There could be quite a few things that you want to follow. However, there are always some principles that you believe in more strongly than others. These should be placed at the top of your list of beliefs. Leadership coaching experts speak about prioritizing core values in snappy lists of three. Create your own top 3 core values list.
3. Make a concrete determination to stay truthful to your core values. Once you have spared some thought into planning your top 3 core principles, you have to garner the courage to stay true to them. Things could happen that try to sway you from your path, but you need to take them up as challenges. If you have decided to stay loyal to your beliefs, you can do a better job of abiding by them.
4. Always delve into reasons. If something doesn’t go the way you want it to, why didn’t it happen like that? What was the deterring factor? When you know what stops you, you are more capable of overcoming those problems.
5. Don’t be in a hurry to improve yourself. This can make you tempted and you can succumb to those temptations, sacrificing your core principles. Growth is necessary, but it shouldn’t be rushed into. Plan your growth. Leave enough breathing space for the enhancement of your personality without compromising on what you stand for. If your utmost intention is to be an effective leader who is known for their core values, like most of the top leaders in history have been, then these are the things you need to incorporate in your way of working. Above all, be faithful to your beliefs despite the challenges that come your way and people begin respecting you for what you are.
Jodi and Mike specialize in executive coaching with individuals and teams. http://lighthouse-leadership.com.