MODEL THE WAY
Build consensus around shared values.
Try these three things:
- Have team members think about what values are most important to them and ask them to write down their top five personal values.
- Have each team member share his/her values with the team, explaining what each means and why it’s important to him/her.
- Look for commonalities that can be used to establish a list of shared values for the team.
Food for Thought:
Research shows that employees have higher levels of workplace engagement when they are clear about values – both their own and those of the organization. Exemplary leaders talk about values, and they reach out to others to discover a common set of values that will bond the team.
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IMPACT! Leadership Tips are adapted from The Leadership Challenge. © James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, published by John Wiley & Sons. All rights reserved. And The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team © Patrick Lencioni and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.