Values-Based Leadership is not just an organisational buzz phrase

Values-Based Leadership is not just an organisational buzz phrase.


Lead self to lead others

Values – based leadership is usually associated with organisational leadership practice; what about as an individual leadership practice.

Values are filters in our life, they are what we hold important to us, they influence our decision making, our actions and how we go about life.

They are  your inner guidance, your rules, your principles.

As an individual leader your values will play a part in how you operate as a leader individually as well as in an organisation and it is valuable to understand your personal values and how they influence you and your professional situation.

Knowing your own personal values, supports you to lead through your values, supporting you to achieve your own purpose in life. When we operate outside our values, we can have a sense of not fitting in, misalignment, like something doesn’t fit.

Your values are not being met, and we are depleting ourselves!

To operate from a foundation of values you need a clear understanding of your values, what they mean to you and how they can be met. Values drive your behave, which relates to your actions, which in turn relates to how your interact with others and add value to any given situation.

Just like in an organisation, leading through your values creates a culture around your approach to leadership, leading self and leading others.

To lead self, you need to understand what nourishes you and what depletes you as a person and a leader. You need to understand your values. What are your non-negotiables as a person, the things that are a must in your life to achieve wholeness, achieve your goals.

Ask yourself this question, and respond with one or two word answers – What is most important to you?

By answering this question you are starting to discover what drives you and the way you operate, how you filter information, you are starting to discover your values.

Values are with you from the time you are born, and for many early years influenced by your parents. As you start to grow and mature your values change and start to align with you as an individual. Yes you may keep some of those that you were brought up with, some may change, some may have different meaning to you now. Values are a solid life foundation.

In knowing your own values, how they are met and how that influence your way of operating as a leader, gives you a flying start to developing your Values-Based leadership approach, for self and organisation.

4 steps to lead-self with values based-leadership

  1. Self-reflection
    • A true leader must have the ability and strength to look within; be open to what may need improving; celebrate what is working and understand the impact of this. In being able to reflect you are empowering yourself to truly understanding who you are, your values and how you can have them met.

   2. Curiosity to understand

    • The more you seek to understand, the more information you have to see the situation from differing views, therefore consider all elements and support sound decision making. When you are being true to your values, you are more likely to be curious (verse defensive) to understand and achieve the best possible outcome for those involved.

   3. Personal power (confidence in self)

    • Confidence in self is critical to being a leader. The more confidence you have the more action you take. Confidence stems from knowing yourself and enacting where things need to change; its being comfortable to stand up for yourself and those around you, its being comfortable to stand up for what is important to you – your values.

   4. Authenticity

    • Being true to yourself, and living your values is being authentic to you. If you do not know your values, how can you be authentic and true to self. This in turns supports you to build strong trustworthy relationships with others, people know what they are getting and feel they are dealing with a genuine person.

Nourish yourself to success – discover your values and how they make you a better leader for self and others.

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Transform Relationships with this one thing

Transform your Relationships

With this ONE thing…

Once you learn this one thing, watch as all relationships in work and home life flourish.

I am sure that you have had conversations where you have walked away feeling like the other person showed no interest in what you were saying, appeared to be ‘elsewhere’, or just didn’t seem to want to understand. I am also sure that you have have been in conversations where someone has felt the same about you.

For relationships to flourish, whether they are personal or professional, each person’s connection to the conversation needs to build trust, a sense of connection, each party needs to feel as though they are being listened to, understood, there needs to be RAPPORT. Without rapport there is resistance to communication.

The most important person to build rapport with is yourself. Being out of rapport with yourself is like being a fish out of water; you are not in alignment and therefore not trusting yourself to achieve things. Build rapport with yourself first and see your relationships flourish.

Increasing your own self rapport enables you to engage more confidently with your team and others and build rapport with them. We generate a great sense of curiosity and compassion and we are more resilient. If you operate with fear, you lead with fear. If you operate with confidence, you lead with confidence.

Rapport provides each person with the sense of TRUST, COMFORT, and UNDERSTANDING. When you have rapport with someone you have the ability to:

  • Effectively communicate with them;
  • Achieve strong outcomes;
  • Lead with positivity; and
  • Foster a strong and long lasting relationship.

How to build rapport with yourself and others:

  • Be in tune with your emotions and behaviours, be Emotionally Intelligent;
  • Build confidence and personal power. Know your personal boundaries, self care and be confident to uphold those when they are being tested.
  • Truly be present in that moment. Being distracted blocks the ability to build rapport, so remove the blocks and be present in the moment.
  • Actively listen to the other person and use their words when you respond – This is not paraphrasing, it is ‘parrot’ phrasing. By doing this you are truly showing them you are present and listening to what they have to say, and not putting your view of the world on their words.
  • Match and/or mirror movements the other person does, subtly. Again it shows you are present and really paying attention to them;
  • Eye contact – our eyes are not only vision tool that are a communication tools and when you engage in conversation with someone, your eyes play a key role. Eye contact displays respect and shows you are listening.

Achieve SELF RAPPORT to achieve RAPPORT with others.

Work with me to become the best version of yourself, build rapport with yourself and others and watch your relationships flourish.

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Feeling overwhelmed? You need to try this…

Feeling overwhelmed?

You need to try this…

Let me guess, your mind is going 10 thousand miles an hour trying to make sense of all the things that are running around up there. Where do you start so you can breath easy and feel like you have some sense of control and release of stress?

When our mind is ‘full’ there is no more room for creative thinking, for thinking clearly and being able to reframe our negative thoughts to positive and resourceful thoughts. Our thinking mind is only 10% of our overall mind, yet it is the one that we use more often than not, then wonder why we get the big mind clutter.

Mind clutter is usually made up of actions, those good old ‘To Do’ items that you just haven’t got to, or keep avoiding (I know, the I’ll do it later scenario); and thoughts both positive and negative which can turn into the worry, anxiety and of course ‘clutter’.

It’s time to give you mind a rest and clear the clutter!

Experience the Nourish Yourself to Success way of clearing the mind clutter. One whole session at my foundation workshop focuses on clearing the mind clutter, the benefits and the multiple strategies you can use, so you can pick the one that works for you.

Watch my video ‘Clear the Mind Clutter’ (a little sneak peak of what to expect at the workshop) and experience the clarity of thought to propel you forward for success. A simple 5 step strategy to getting the clutter out of your mind, on to paper and then mapped out into meaningful and timely actions. A great way to not only clear the mind clutter but generate momentum of action and achievement.

Click play on the video and let me teach you how.

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