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What is Values-based Leadership?

Originating in the late 1970s, Values-based Leadership (VBL) is a leadership style that reflects inner convictions and is directed toward the well-being of others and the organization. VBL is deeply rooted in an individual leader's core values and beliefs. The focus on core values can manifest differently across cultural contexts and it is essential for shaping positive organizational cultures.

VBL is centered in self-reflection, making it a unique and transformative approach to leadership. Values-based leaders are values-conscious, meaning they seek to understand how their decisions align with their core values and the mission of the organization. VBL advocates for leaders to be true to their values and actively integrate them with the organizational context. VBL emphasizes consistency in living out defined personal and organizational values, focusing on creating a stable foundation for decision-making and culture-building. This stability is a catalyst for sustainable change deeply rooted in shared values.

The holistic framework of VBL nurtures both individuals as well as the organization's culture. An unwavering emphasis on self-reflection and awareness, consistent value alignment, integrating espoused values into culture, and a focus on what is best for society sets VBL apart from other leadership styles. An organization's "DNA" is an invisible, but powerful force that shapes every aspect of organizational life. Also known as an organization's brand, DNA is often made clear by Values-based Leadership.

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