Core Values, Character Traits, Leadership Principles, Leadership Styles


HONOR The combination of honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions.

• COURAGE:  The mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a person to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness.  To move forward in spite of fear. The ability to move outside your comfort zone.

• COMMITMENTAn agreement, pledge, or obligation to do something; giving your word and dedication to a cause.

• Happiness:  To be happy is to be in a state of well-being (a feeling of contentment, fulfillment and/or success).

• Fulfillment:  To bring into actuality; effect or make real.  To achieve something desired.  Satisfaction gained from achieving something or helping someone.

• Success: Getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame; a favorable or desired outcome; To be skilled or high achieving; the 3 (S) Types:  Sales, Social, Self. 

• Character describes an individual's personality; their way of thinking; how they feel, and how they behave.  A person with good character demonstrates the Super 30 listed below.  

• Dependability:  The certainty of proper performance of duty.  Being trustworthy and reliable.

• Bearing Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance and personal conduct. 

• Competence: Having the necessary ability or skills; being able to do something well enough to meet required standards.

• Courage:  The mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a person to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness.

• Decisiveness:  Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce 
them in a clear and direct manner.

• Endurance:  The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress and hardship.

• Enthusiasm:  The display of sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of duty.

• Effort:  A vigorous or determined attempt.  Leaders should give maximum effort, and reserve most of their praise for the effort of subordinates.
• Initiative:  Taking action in the absence of instructions.

• Integrity Uprightness of character and soundness of ethical and moral principles; includes the qualities of truthfulness and honesty.  It is using your attitude, preparation, perseverance, respect, and honesty to make decisions.

• Judgment:  The ability to weigh facts and possible solutions on which to base sound decisions.

• Justice:  Giving reward and punishment according to merits of the case in question. The ability to administer a system of rewards and punishments impartially and consistently.  

• Fairness: The quality of making judgments that are free from discrimination.  An equal share because it's considered to be the same as another in status or quality.  

• Knowledge:  Understanding of a science or an art. The range of one’s information, including professional knowledge and an understanding of your subordinates.

• Tact The ability to deal with others without creating offense. 

• Unselfishness Avoidance of providing for one’s own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others. 

• Loyalty:  The quality of faithfulness to your job, to one’s seniors, subordinates and peers. 

• Respect:  The development of a deep feeling of admiration for subordinates elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. Leaders should strive to also earn respect from their subordinates.  To treat others better than you want to be treated.
• Attitude:  The way a person views life or a specific situation in life. A way of positive thinking which will have an affect on the leader's behavior. This behavior is regarded as upbeat and inspirational by subordinates.

 Preparation: Taking the action of making yourself and your subordinates ready for some job, occasion, test, or duty. To be ready when your opportunity comes.  To set goals, and put forth effort to achieve them.  

 Perseverance:  The continued effort to do or achieve mission accomplishment despite difficulties, failure, or opposition to success.  Not quitting in the face of adversity.  No quitting in the motivational dip.

 Honesty:  The quality of being fair and truthful even when it is uncomfortable to do so.  

 Appreciation: An ability to understand the worth, quality, or importance of someone or something. 

 Composure: A calmness of mind, bearing, or appearance--The ability to maintain your poise.  Keeping your cool during a stressful situation.

 Empathy:  The ability to understand and share another person's experiences and emotions. The ability to put yourself in their shoes.

 Gratitude: The feeling or showing of thanks to someone for a helpful act.

 Tolerance: The willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own.

 Sacrifice:  The act of giving up something that you really want to keep in order to accomplish something else or to help someone else. Giving up something good to gain something greater.

 Responsibility: Moral & legal accountability. A requirement to take action.  To be organized                                                                                  to the point of being                                                                                                  considered reliable. 

 LeadershipHaving authority or influence in the direction of subordinates to accomplish a task. 
• Forgiveness: The ability to stop feeling anger or placing blame on someone that has done something wrong or made mistakes. 


                   Leadership Principles

• Know your organization or team. 

• Know yourself and seek self-improvement. 

• Know your subordinates and look out for their welfare. 

• Be technically and tactically proficient; be organized and competent.

• Develop a sense of responsibility among your subordinates and embrace collaboration.

• Make sound and timely decisions.

• Set the example.

•Be kind and compassionate.

Have a purpose and be able to direct your focus toward it.

•Keep your subordinates informed.

• Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions.

• Ensure assigned tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished by being a great communicator and listener. 
 Passionately communicate a positive, confident message of excellence.

• Train your subordinates as a team. 

• Employ your subordinates in accordance with their capabilities.

• Be resourceful by improvising, adapting, and overcoming obstacles to success. 

• Teach, mentor, and educate yourself, peers, and subordinates.

• Set personal and organizational goals by being a visionary leader.
                  -A goal is just a dream without a 

• Praise in public, but correct in private.

• Consider the opinions and ideas of both internal and external stakeholders.

• Facilitate growth in subordinates by delegating authority and responsibilities.

• Motivate, inspire, and activate subordinates by  building culture and character without                                                                                         micromanaging situations.

• Lead with a people first mentality by contributing to the organization through service to subordinates.

• Understand career/developmental stages and how an individual's physical, emotional, and cognitive needs can have an impact on their commitment level.

 Model a strong work ethic.  Shared labor and struggle build community, camaraderie and accountability, so leaders should get their hands dirty and work with subordinates.  Subordinates must know that their leaders will never ask them to do something they are not prepared to do themselves. Pacesetter leadership demonstrates a leader's belief in the equality of the leader with the subordinate in that the leader is not better than or superior to the group he or she is directing--We are all important regardless of our job within the organization.

• Be genuine.

• Understand how a leader's decisions can impact organizational morale.

 Be happy by being productive and creative.  Allow yourself to enjoy being fulfilled.                                                                                                           

Leadership Styles

"Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way." 
-George Patton, American Army General

There is no magic formula or one-size-fits-all leadership style. Leaders need to be flexible and utilize the strategy that works best for the situation.