“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
I am currently working on a doctorate program in Educational Leadership. We were encouraged to determine our top five personal values and their impact on our leadership style. It has been very engaging to consider what my top five personal values are. Values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. They determine your priorities, and, deep down, they’re probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to. In leadership it is crucial to know what your values are as they are the framework for your leadership style. I took some time to consider and record my top five values…
My top 5 Personal Values
- Hard Work
Why did I prioritize these as my top five?
Love is the beginning and end of all virtues and values. I truly feel that the effectiveness of great leaders and educators is founded on love. Moreover, when I sense a love for others, students, teachers, and objectives I am more likely to put my whole heart into my work. I am motivated by reasons that are geared towards impact and making a difference. Love is the value that has the greatest impact on all the other values I listed.
Love leads to service. I truly believe deep in my soul that we each have a divinely appointed purpose to make a difference for good in our surroundings. I believe in service! People need help in a variety of ways. We need to be fully aware of those opportunities and take action in assisting in ways that build, strengthen and relieve burden.
Inspiring others to look for good in life is a value born out of love and service. As much as I believe we have an important purpose to make a difference I also believe that everyone has a special purpose. I have learned through experience that we often are put in positions where we can inspire others to also make an impact in their realm of influence.
Fourthly, consider the value of accountability. It is important gain, observe, and evaluate intrinsic work to develop greater levels of love, seek service opportunities, and inspire others to rise to potential. I also feel that it is important to stretch your abilities to grow professionally and personally. Part of being accountable is attempting and completing hard things.
Accountability then leads to hard work. In my view success is not defined in complacency or apathy. I believe that we must continually and consistently seek improvement. I believe in lofty goals and working hard to accomplish those goals. I also strongly hold to competency which does not come without hard work. I have also found that when I am focused, deliberate and giving tenacious effort in accomplishment of loving, serving and inspiring others that I feel fulfillment and acquisition of a purposeful life.
Insight and Inspiration
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good
There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
This is worth considering for those who have been given leadership responsibility. Whether in your home, your church, your employment, your community or a combination of these most of us have leadership opportunities. My invitation is to take some time to consider and write about the following:
What do you treasure? What are your top values? How do those values impact your leadership style and experience? Why did you choose those values? How did you obtain them?