Typically when I ask a new leader what their professional values are, I get either a blank stare or a sheepish shrug. We’re used to thinking about our beliefs and values in our personal lives, but in the workplace? That’s not something we often have the time or space to be intentional about.
That’s why one of my favorite exercises during our in person coaching days is when we create a personal and professional values web to help you make decisions and prioritize tasks more quickly. This exercise is also a favorite of students in my program for new women managers, Confident Leader Collective—so I wanted to share it with you!
If you’re new to the idea of professional values, think about the leaders you’ve worked with in the past.
What did you admire about their approach?
When did you feel most valued and empowered?
How would you describe their approach and their reputation?
Then, start to think critically about your own work journey.
What is a no-go for you in the workplace?
What might cause you to leave a job or pursue a new opportunity?
What are the essential elements to an effective team, in your opinion?
What’s the most important thing for you to focus on daily?
Once you have a reference list of values, start to consider how those overlap with or are in contradiction with your personal value system. Here’s where you may start to see inconsistencies that point toward opportunities for growth!
Getting stuck on your values and how to utilize them for more efficiency and alignment as a leader? Book a call to discuss your values web with me directly —and what opportunities you have for more aligned leadership in the year ahead!
My name is Laura Weldy, and I’m a women’s leadership coach. I help women in the workplace become confident leaders by tackling their mindset head on so they can think like a leader before they have the job title. I do this through professional coaching, virtual coaching, small group masterminds and powerful courses. If you’re looking to become more successful and fulfilled at work, let’s talk! I’d love to help you build an action plan for success. Click here to apply for a free coaching consultation with me directly!