Snippet of Leadership Influence Wednesday Episode 2 – Tell tell signs your career is in alignment with your core values

What are the tell tell signs that your body of work is in alignment with your core values?

This type of alignment gives you the power to inspire others effortlessly with authenticity, and feel purposeful.


The feeling you get when the body of your work is in alignment with yourself. Those who achieve this say it’s a feeling hard to describe.  It’s like finding yourself in a position where you take the congruent actions, where all you have to look is forward, with NO need to overthink anything.

Complaints and self-conflicts (or cognitive dissonance if you like scientific terms) fade away, and you become in a state of flow.

Sounds good doesn’t it?

Your core values are another thing “controlling” you.  And it’s actually fantastic because it’s system that is useful for our effective human functioning…  May as well make it work FOR you instead of against you.  There is a book called “immunity to change” that speaks all about this whole system in length and reminds me of some of the new context creation work I do with leaders like you.  

Imagine if you had to think about every single action you are taking, as you are taking that action at every single moment of the day… you’d experience constant mental fatigue. I am exhausted just thinking about it.  Mental fatigue is not rare for someone who assume a leadership role because your values are being confronted regularly.

Leaders who are in touch their core values are influential because they understand what drives their every motivation, move and action.  This means that they hold the power to inspire others with authenticity and feel purposeful.  

When they are in action, they don’t have to think about what’s in their way because they know everything they are dealing with, is a result of how their values embodied translate daily.  

The struggle often lies between the true core values you have vs. the one you think you SHOULD have that popular thinking seems to define as leadership “qualities”.  I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that  “to lead and be successful it seems like you need to be forceful, flash your medals, be a charismatic good speaker, and rub elbows with higher ups.  In the right context, it can be helpful, but focusing only on that may win your matches, but not the long-term leadership tournament you are playing every day. 

Think about your core values as the fuel feeding your leadership style.  And that fuel consists of what you already have, what’s available to you, what you were looking for or what was given to you.

So, if you find yourself out of synch with your body of work, take a look at your core values or at your work.

Share with me in the comments below or in private messaging what core value you notice showing up the most in your leadership style?

Until next time, thank you for watching, and I will see you next week with the dimension of confidence.

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