I started to consider developing a course on leadership today. While I was pondering the objectives, I knew that one would have to be for students to identify their values. I feel a good leader must be aware of his/her values in order to lead effectively. I believe a value-aware leader is more likely to understand his/her motivations, which I think is crucial in all levels of leadership.
I had a discussion with a friend today that related to this a bit. We discussed whether we would work for a terrible boss. In this case, "terrible" was defined as one who may not share our values. For example, maybe your boss stretches the truth and you value honesty. Perhaps your boss is an ego-maniac and you value service to others. (You get the idea...)
My friend's answers were very similar to mine. We both agreed that we'd work for such a leader only if we had to (e.g., needed the income or similar reason). Outside of such parameters, we would choose not to work for such a leader. We'd prefer to honor ourselves and our values over being put through such stress on a day-to-day basis.
Engaging with others whose values do not align with your own can be a significant challenge. And doing so for long durations can cause great stress and anxiety. I have had only two terrible bosses in the past. I'm tremendously grateful that I've had many more bosses with whom I share more values than not.
What say you? You ever worked for a boss that worked from a different value system? What values do you think make a great leader? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Be open to what comes.