Living our values is an important part of distinguishing who you are and what is important to you. While values are not always discussed in an organization, it is truly the single most important thing that we can do.
Define and Align Your Values
Consider the morals you were raised with: Treat others how you want to be treated, always say “thank you,” help those who are struggling, etc. But as you grow, and as society progresses, conventions change, often causing values to shift. Ask yourself what matters to you as an individual and then align that with your priorities as an employee.
Beware of Bias
As humans, many of us have beliefs, subconscious or otherwise, that are outdated or erroneous. No one wants to admit to their flaws, but failure to practice self-awareness can have detrimental consequences. If you are open-minded, you will build and maintain better relationships with your coworkers.
Lead by Example
To build an ethical company, you must start from the top down. Your employees will see your behavior, choices and values and will adopt them in their own practices. Leading by example instills respect and lets your employees see that you truly believe in them and trust them to work. Role models in an organization, at all levels, can be inspirational to others and help set a strong example to follow.
Care for Yourself So You Can Care for Others
You cannot pour from an empty cup, as the saying goes. Having a calm and capable demeanor is the foundation for success as an employee or as a leader. When you are focused on meeting your own needs – through eating healthy, sleeping and maintaining a genuine connection with others – it’s beneficial to us both mentally and physically and allows us to have the patience and energy to help others.