Great Leaders CREATE Opportunities to Live Their Values (2-minute clip)

by The Architect on Feb 20, 2017

"Where great leaders separate from good leaders is that good leaders live their values every time the opportunity presents itself. Great leaders CREATE opportunities to live their values." Drew Dudley

A short clip on how great leaders question their values, and then seek to add them to their everyday decision-making. Full TEDx talk by Drew Dudley is here.

Transcript

Cause let's say that 'respect' is a value you want to embody every day of your life. You wanna stand for respect every day of your life. If you haven't actually defined what respect means, if you haven't turned it into a goal that you'll know when you hit it, you could be embodying respect every day of your life and you've never given yourself permission to celebrate that fact.

I think that setting goals is basically planning celebrations, and I think that celebrations are fun. And I think that we do it in our financial lives, and our careers, and I think that leadership means starting to do the same thing but for our character.

To know exactly what it is that you're aiming for everyday.

I think there's 3 steps that we have to take.

One, I think you have to identify your values. And we have to help especially our kids and the students that we teach, we have to help them do that as well. I love asking it with that hypothetical.

What if someone followed you around for 2 weeks? What if a film crew followed you and showed it to an audience of 100 people? What words would THEY say that you stand for? What words do you HOPE that they'd say?

And then two, I think we have to define those values.

For every single word that you come up with that you want to be a core of who you are, ask yourself 'how would I explain this to a 4 year old? How would I explain this to someone for whom that word does not exist?'

When you do that, when you list your values, and you define what they actually mean what you do is you create a set of criteria that you can use to make decisions that are consistent with your values every time the opportunity presents itself.

You create a list of criteria to which you can pivot every time you have to make a decision in your life. And if you've never done this, my question is, to what have you been pivotting to make decisions your whole life?

Good leaders do this. Where great leaders separate from good leaders is that good leaders live their values every time the opportunity presents itself. Great leaders? Great leaders CREATE opportunities to live their values. They take deliberate steps every single day to make sure that they're living the values they wanna stand for.

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