“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.” George Bernhard Shaw
According to Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy and existential analysis, people seek one thing above all else in the workplace: sense. Successful managers therefore act in a meaningful way and are characterized by the fact that they are not only aware of their own behavior and thus of their effect on others, but also of their environment and the respective person. It is therefore necessary to constantly reassess and weigh up what is needed in this particular situation.
Value-oriented leadership also means knowing and taking values into account. If corporate values are actively exemplified, this increases the motivation of employees and leads to a trusting and successful working atmosphere, ultimately creating meaning. Which brings us full circle.
Why leadership often doesn't work?
Often we experience leaders who have a specific idea of right and wrong. But who defines "right" and who defines "wrong." Who is to say that your understanding of a value such as "courage" is my understanding of "courage"? While leaders have the empathy to relate to different people, they often remain in their own world of values and then measure against what is supposedly "right" and "wrong."
What is important for value-based leadership?
Leadership is more than just "you" and "me". Leadership is always influenced by several aspects. There is the leader with his or her values, experiences and interests, the employees to be led with their values, experiences and interests, the company with its guidelines and values, but also society with corresponding leadership trends and not to forget the current economic conditions.
We are convinced that leadership is successful when managers can contribute their personality, their "I" and develop themselves without having to bend. Only then will they be satisfied in the long term and be able to lead authentically and with charisma. However, this also means "so check who commits" in the context of recruiting and "choose wisely" when it comes to promotion to management.