Values in Leadership Coaching
I spent about the last 4 years really digging in to leadership coaching. It has been a blast developing the core of what matters and how to teach that to others. One of the foundations of the work is “values”. I used an exercise to help leaders discern what their 3 core values are, so they can be intentional about living from those core values. So imagine my excitement when I find Brene Brown covering values in her “Dare to Lead” book!
Brene’s Values Exercise
Dr Brown encourages us to whittle our list of values down to our top two. Since I’ve done this exercise many times already, I quickly was able to land on “creativity” and “growth” as my top two. Everything I do is with the mindset of growth and my soul needs to be creative or I feel stifled and stuck. Brown then has an exercise to help operationalize our values. I’ve not done this exercise before so I’m doing it now and sharing it with y’all. Hope it is helpful for you if you go ahead and choose to engage in this idea!!
I am to answer three questions for each of my values. Here we go!
Value 1: Creativity
What are three behaviors that support my value?
- I believe there is always a way to get something done (don’t accept no)
- Usually, the way to get things done is outside of the box thinking (learning from other industries/people)
- Being resourceful to find the answer
What are the three slippery behaviors that are outside my value?
- Believing I don’t have the time or energy
- Fear that my creativity is not accepted
- My “get er done” attitude that pushes towards efficiency and squeezes out creativity
What’s an example of a time when you were fully living into this value?
- Right now as I work to redecorate and upgrade three spaces (my office building, my home and my husband’s office). I am rejuvenated by thrift store shopping to make things work, restructuring existing furniture, and upcycling things I’ve bought on Facebook. I’m also painting new art and selling things we don’t use anymore to use as the money to pay for all the “new things” we’re buying. It like doing a puzzle that is totally aesthetically pleasing and creates peace and joy for myself and others!
Now I’ll work on doing this for my other value of Growth. I will probably go back and re-work these answers a bit, but that is my first round best answers!
What are your top 2 values???