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In this article, Brent Gleeson defines values-based leadership and discusses the benefits that values-based leaders can bring to an organization.

Summary

Most successful organisations understand the importance of shared values. Without values-based leadership, there can be no genuine authenticity to the guiding principles that underpin how organisations operate. Values-based leadership helps instil a common set of values in employees, improving employee cohesiveness and willingness to work together. Knowing that a leader believes in an organisation's values usually encourages employees to align with an organisations values. This alignment should increase an organisation's chance of success; enhance performance and retention, leading to growth and higher profits. Values-based leaders have specific traits and other qualities that make them the good at what they do as follows:
  • Self-Reflection.
  • Balance.
  • Humility.
  • Authenticity.
  • Continuous Improvement.
When leaders have these traits, the benefits can include: 
  • Improved organisational communication.
  • Stronger relationships within the organisation.
  • Higher levels of performance from employees.
  • Employee willingness to give more of their time, abilities and energy.