Values-Driven Leadership

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“Values Driven Leadership” is an in depth look at leadership styles as they develop from the Values Perspective model. Four basic styles describe a wide variety of priorities and behaviors in a simple to understand model and discussion.

This exploration into leadership is not yet another leadership prescription, offering what should be done. It is an approach that offers a multi-prism lens that allows for a variety of leadership needs and styles, and yet keeps their description at manageable levels. It is descriptive, not prescriptive, and decidedly not judgmental. This approach promotes a clearer observation of what passes for leadership, which also provides some insight about how to proceed in the future. And while this is not a complete review nor critique of leadership theories, a brief summary is useful to establish a general identification of how leadership is most often characterized.

“Leadership Chaos” might be used to describe the political, social, economic, religious, and environmental conditions for much of the first decade of the 21st Century. The difficulties faced in all of these various domains are so drastic that it is difficult to refrain from being sarcastic about the effectiveness and utility of what is referred to as “leadership development.” In the continuing, increasingly complex, and changing challenges, many of which have potentially disastrous implications, the need for effective leadership is greater now than perhaps at any time in recorded history. And at the same time, what is being called for in terms of leadership sounds as confusing as the issues and conditions facing us. We often hear of the need for strong leaders, results driven leaders, servant leaders, charismatic leaders, heroic leaders, collaborative leaders, innovative leaders, tribal leaders, and more. But what we observe in those calls for leadership is that each arises out of an ideologically driven world, and implies that every other type of leader, except the type it is calling for, is ineffective, inappropriate, or just outright wrong…