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Doctoral Project Abstract

Values and Behaviors in Leadership Development

Liz Minthorne
Regent University

Literature suggests there is a relationship between values and behaviors in leadership styles, behaviors, traits, and characteristics. Further, during the 1990's to the current timeframe, attention in the United States has turned toward the subject of ethics and values throughout society. This interest has been fueled by questionable behaviors in government and the business community at the highest levels . An ethical corporate culture has been associated with developing trust, committing to quality, guaranteeing customer satisfaction, strengthening employee commitment, and retaining and growing financial performance. There is an opportunity for leaders and managers to take a proactive approach to incorporate ethical concerns into strategic planning. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to develop and deliver a seminar that focused participants' attention on personal and organizational values as it relates to leadership development by establishing individual values-congruence awareness.

The seminar also served as an investigative tool regarding values and behaviors and determined if differences in values, behaviors, traits, and characteristics can play a direct role in leadership development. The following questions guided the development of the seminar: Do adults in diverse demographics, organizations and positions recognize the connection between values and behaviors? Do organizational values influence behaviors in the workplace? Do communication styles and patterns change once adults recognize the relationship between values and their individual behavioral profiles? Additionally, this qualitative study assessed participant's ability to formulate a personal development plan based on results of formal and informal assessments.

The participants for this study came from various for profit, non-profit, government, military and faith-based organizations across a wide spectrum of demographics. Further, participants ranged in age from twenty-five to fifty-five. The thirty year span encompasses two generations, i.e., "Baby Boomers" and "Generation X". The common thread among all was the Christian faith. The results indicated that the relationship between values and behaviors are not recognized and easily defined as a driving force in leadership development; there is a need for further examination and discussion of this subject.

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