How to Discuss Leadership Values


“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney

An important exercise I’ve used with my team is a values discussion. As a teammate or manager, I find it beneficial to understand the perspective of my team. It’s also worthwhile that the team understands the perspective of their teammates and manager.

This discussion can be a team building exercise. I purchased a deck of values cards from life coach Margie Heiler. These wonderful cards perfectly capture meaningful values and questions that one may ask themselves to understand their significance. The first person (go in order of reverse title rank) will go through the deck and choose the 8 values most important to them. Someone will record this.

The next person will do the same, and so on, until all of the values are recorded. The results are tallied and shared with the team, starting with the most mentioned and working their way down. As the results are discussed, ask the team for a volunteer to talk about why that value means so much to them. These results should be published for the team afterwards.

Through this exercise, the team learns about how unique it is. It’s also revealed how unified it is behind certain values. This awareness can help drive teamwork and decision-making at various levels.

Here are some additional questions that you can examine as a group:

  • What step(s) can be taken to strengthen our resolve in our values?
  • How does staying true to our values make us feel?
  • Are there things we are doing now that are not aligned with our values?
  • Are these values the same at home and work?
  • What stories can individuals share that best illustrate one of their values?
  • How do our own values help us make decisions in gray areas?
  • How can we use these values in the workplace?

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

What are some of your top values? Reply in the comments field. If you like this blog, click on Follow so you can be notified as it is published.

By the way, I have not been paid for this endorsement of Margie Heiler’s product. I believe these cards are useful, and you should have a chance to acquire this awesome tool. You can find out more information at


Author: Joe Croarkin

Husband, father of three, brother of four

One thought on “How to Discuss Leadership Values”

  1. I feel it is always important to recognize and say thank you to the team. People are quick to point out when we do not meet the goal or expectations but not when we do. Follow through and honesty works wonders. Thanks Joe for your insight and sharing.


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