Core values are what we believe down deep in our soul. These are the bases for all the answers we give to all the hard questions in life and work.

These are some of the values guide my life.  The decisions I make whether they are at professional or personal are guided by the values I hold most dear and leading a team occurs in the context of these core values. By focusing on what I believe and my values, I can then positively building on this, thus impacting so much more than if I approached leadership as a problem-solving activity.

1.     Integrity

Is demonstrated by the courage to continually do what is right even when the going gets tough.  This builds trust and continuity in the team, team members feel free to share their opinions even if they differ from mine knowing that I have the Integrity to reward and not punish opposing viewpoints.

2.     Respect others

No team member wants to follow a leader they have no respect for. I have always respected others regardless of the differences while trying to always do what is right has given me the respect of the people I have had the pleasure of working with (check out what some of them have said click here). Having the ability to earn the respect of others is essential to bring a team to its full potential.

3.     Authenticity

Binding together a team is easiest when a leader is authentic. I have consistently tried to present exactly who I truly am, authenticity can best be shared by being transparent about your beliefs and values and how they are integrated into your life. Doing this built trust and respect among other team members.

4.     Positivity

In order to achieve greatness, I create and maintain a culture of optimism. There will be many ups and downs, but the prevalence of positivity will keep the company going. You have to truly believe in making the impossible possible.

I have lived my life by always believing I would succeed in the end. It was not until Jim Collins put a name and titled it that I could really grab hold. It is called the "Stockdale paradox" named after Admiral Jim Stockdale.

You must retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties.  AND at the same time…

You must confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

5.     Decisive

Much of what I learned about being a leader I learned as an athlete and then refined those skills as a firefighter and later as a soldier in the Army. Chief among these is gather the right people beside you, then trust what they say. Gather all the information ensure its accuracy (trying to outdo Admiral Cloudesley Shovell should not be a goal) and make a decision, try to avoid being bogged down by paralysis of analysis. I endeavored to provide clarity and direction which builds on a teams strengths and a common trust in each other.

6.     Humility

I try to demonstrate this by a sense of humbleness, dignity, and an awareness of one’s own limitations; open to perspectives different from one’s own. This is relatively easy when you are raised by a grandfather that continually reminded you that everybody knows something that you do not.

7.     Wisdom

I have always been a lifelong learner and I believe this has brought true wisdom mostly because the more I learn the more I realize I do not know. This demonstrated by a broad understanding of human dynamics and an ability to balance the interests of multiple stakeholders when making decisions; I depend on taking a long-term perspective in decision-making.