What it means to be values-driven

What it means to be values-driven

Becoming conscious of your values

Consciously or subconsciously, values are the source of all human motivations and decision making. They fuel our actions, emotions, and aspirations.

We value what is important to us. Some of us are not aware of our values because we haven’t reflected on what is important to us.

Our personal values develop from our life experiences and the society we live in.

For many organisations, their values reflect the current leaders’ values or the legacy of past leaders’ values.

Knowing what a person or organisation truly values help us to understand their motivations, how they will act and how they perceive the world. Similarly, we can identify a person or organisation's values are by their actions and behaviours.

 

Becoming values-driven

As we experience life, what is important to us changes. It’s important we feel safe, valued and loved.  Once these needs are met we then start to express and share our own unique qualities.

We may start to become more conscious of how we can use our life experiences and qualities to make a difference to others. Our values are no longer simply responsible for our actions, but they start to drive us. We become values-driven.

Values-driven people and organisations share a set of values – empathy, compassion, ethics, collaboration, humility to name a few.

We have a sense of purpose; we care about how our actions affect people and the planet, and we want to work with others who share our ethos so together we can make a bigger difference.

Actions of a values-driven organisation are not fuelled by the leadership team's values but by a common set of values and purpose that unites the whole organisation.

 

Being values-driven unites us

There’s often a noticeable increase in energy when we speak with others about things we both value. It’s easier to feel a connection with somebody who shares our values.

We may also find that our emotions change when we spend time with others who have opposing values. For example, if we see somebody being unkind, we may feel disheartened or even angry.

Working with others towards the common good brings a sense of meaning and fulfilment.

If we want to make a difference in the world it’s important to connect with others. By forming caring relationships with those we want to serve and with people who share our ethos we can make a bigger impact.