Sidjae Robinson Walia's Leadership Nugget:
Read to lead well!
Many countries are celebrating decades of independence, while others are fighting for the right to be free. Many independent nations have forgotten or abandoned the values and principles upon which their country was built, and independence celebrations are little more than another public holiday.
Our values define us, unite us, and differentiate us. They are the foundation of who we are and they inform the decisions we make. You know the value system of an individual from the actions and decisions he makes. Most persons are united by the value of human life and are therefore against ethnic cleansing. Perceptions of justice, however, may differentiate us on matters relating to capital punishment.
All leaders bear the weight of the expectations of their followers. These expectations are sometimes determined by past actions or expressions. Notwithstanding external pressure, the leader alone is responsible for his actions. What do your actions say about you as a leader? Do you value popularity over integrity? Do you value power over people's lives? Do you value profit over safety? Based on your actions, what conclusions will your team members draw about your value system?
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