I’ve talked quite a bit about making the best decision for the most people, but another question to ask yourself, when making a decision, is if that decision is in line with your values. Your organization’s values and your own personal values.
Great leaders make decisions that align with their values. You and I – we want to make the right decisions – all leaders do. Of course, this starts with KNOWING your values, and I’ll do another podcast about that later on. You likely know at least one or two of your team’s values, so we’ll make that assumption today.
The best way I can illustrate this for you is to share a personal story about it. A story about the time my company almost went out of business because I was making decisions that went against our values.
In mid-2018, I was miserable at work. I had 2 awesome employees, but I think they were lost for direction, mainly because I didn’t have any direction to give them. I was lost, too. My coach and mentor, Angie Stegall, helped me get to the root of my misery. I was making decisions for my company that were not aligned with my values.
When you run a small business, your personal values and your company’s values overlap quite a bit. One of my personal values is that I feel that relationships are always more important than money. But I had made my business focused entirely on money – from what I talked about in meetings, to the of clients we worked with. I had become a greedy leader, which is the complete opposite of who I really am – a generous person. My own greed led to attracting really greedy clients.
I had accidentally created a culture of greed.
Now – ONE purpose of business is to make money – yes. But for me, that can’t be the only reason I work for anyone (even if it’s working for myself).
So I had violated my generosity and “relationships before money” values in a big way. And anyone who was in the BeeSmart ecosystem at that time was suffering for it.