In the past, I have written about the importance of values in an organization. Some of the blog posts include:
Here are some books I recommend to my clients on gaining additional knowledge about the importance of values based leadership.
The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business By Patrick Lencioni
This book emphasizes that organizations that are successful and thrive against their competitors and other threats, do so because of a tight internal integration with operations, leadership and culture. When these three variables are unified, human potential can be maximized. A common set of company values and strong sense of purpose will lead to high levels of employee engagement and productivity.
When leaders are able to focus on the three values of commitment, integrity, and transparency it gives them “the power to bring out the best in people” says author Gebler. These three behaviors can influence behaviors that will have a positive impact on organization culture. In order for a company to meet and succeed goals, leadership needs to have clarity around these values. The book lays out an innovative values-centered model for leaders to implement as well as many case studies.
Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values By Fred Kofman
The author lays out the complete process and the breakthrough techniques for a conscious business he has shared with over 20,000 executives including those from Microsoft and Google. Conscious business means finding your passion and expressing your essential values through your work and with it comes sustainable, exceptional performance both individually and as an organization. Kofman presents techniques to help you achieve: – Unconditional responsibility, Unflinching integrity, Authentic communication, Impeccable commitments, and Right leadership