Maintaining Your Values in Leadership
March 3, 2010 by Michelle Lew
PRSSA attendees of the SDSU Leadership Summit
( that’s me with the brown scarf 🙂 )
This past weekend I attended the Leadership Summit hosted by San Diego State University’s Student Life and Leadership. Truthfully, the Summit was not what I was expecting. SDSU faculty and staff members were presenting the sessions. Although I wanted to hear presentations from people I had never heard from, I was still excited to see familiar faces everywhere.
The keynote speaker, Audrey Chisholm, started off our early morning with a funny and inspiring speech. She gave us four choices we have as leaders. But as a courtesy to the students who did attend, I will only restate a few. I will also incorporate some tips from one of my favorite sessions from the Summit about values.
One of the choices of a leader that was shared by Dr. Chisholm was to value others. She shared stories about her journey through college and the leadership positions she held. During her trip through student government she learned why it is important to value others. Although Chisholm wanted to get involved with student government, she made sure she still treated her friends the same, and saw the importance in maintaining good relationships.
Another tip Dr. Chisholm gave was to choose to maintain our values, and the importance of keeping them throughout leadership. The one question she directed us to ask ourselves was, “At the end of the day, am I able to live with myself with the decisions I’ve made?”
Randy Timm, director of student life and leadership, held a full session entitled, “Leading with your personal values”. This session was to help define what our personal values were and how they are important while leading. Participants were asked to write down their top five values and share them with a neighbor. He then had us tear off those values and put them in our wallet.
Randy claims he’ll ask us to show them to him if we see him on campus. I don’t doubt this, which is why I now have a tiny piece of binder paper behind my driver’s license. Whether a small note hidden in my wallet, or a message displayed on my computer desktop, my values are here to stay, and I plan on referring to these values while working with others.
Do you know what your top values are?
Will you be able to stick to your values while in a leadership position?
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