Four Principles

The journey towards creating a Value the Person™ culture as a reality in a business, organisation, a community, a family or as an individual, where everyone experiences being valued starts with change.

Our aim is to provide a compass to help others change, grow and be engaged at work to achieve personal fulfilment by experiencing being valued. [‘To be engaged’ means to be focused in channelling all your available efforts and talents into what you’re doing.]

The four points of this compass are contained in the following four principles through which individuals, organisations and communities can achieve fulfilment.

The “Four key principles underpinning all we do are...”
  1. Everyone is unique and we are fulfilled when we maximise the use of our individual talents.
  2. Everyone is capable of being a leader, since leadership is about influencing people positively and we are all capable of this.
  3. Great leaders ‘engage’ people, because they realise engaged people are the most effective and successful.
  4. We are born with talent but our character is a question of choice. Since sustained success is a question of character and talent, we need to develop character as well as our talent to be successful. successful

Principle 1 - Uniqueness

Principle 1 - Uniqueness

Our brains have all developed differently and, therefore, we are only really happy when we are doing the things for which we were individually programmed to do.

This principle states that, “if we are to realise our potential, experience personal success and maximise our contribution to what we do, we must identify what our unique talents are and, then, play to these natural strengths as much as we can”.

In order to maximise the contribution of a person in an organisation, leaders must seek to identify their strengths and match these strengths, as far as possible, to their roles for which they are best suited.

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Leadership is Influence

Principle 2 - Leadership is Influence

This principle states that “everyone can be a leader because leadership is about influencing people positively”.

Although we may never be the next Martin Luther King, we can all learn how to influence the people within our circle of colleagues, friends and family because, as someone very famous once said, ‘leadership is not a position occupied but an influenced exercised’.

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Principle 3 - Engagement

Research tells us that, because they are operating in an environment where they are experiencing being valued, engaged people give their best and operate at maximum effectiveness levels.

Productivity, customer satisfaction, profit, employee morale, safety and quality outputs are all directly linked to ‘engagement’. As great leaders and managers intuitively know, this principle states that “it’s engaged people that make the difference between good performance and great performance”.

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Principle 4 - Character

Success is not just about releasing talent, great leadership, and engaged people [– see Principles 1 to 3 above], it is also about making the right choices.

“Individuals who make a difference have character”, that is, they ‘act with integrity’ and, even in the most difficult times, they ‘do the right thing’, they have a ‘positive attitude’ and they exercise ‘self–discipline’.

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