As society rapidly increases in complexity, we are in great need of sustainable leadership in accord with beliefs and values as we experience continuous changes. The Courage to Lead through Values: How Management by Values Supports Transformational Leadership, Culture, and Success is about having the courage to lead through the implementation of agreed-upon values. In addition, it's about the courage it takes to never cease doing this. However, it’s not enough to simply be aware of the importance of constantly working with values and ethics — effective leadership based on values and ethics means taking the time to actually do it. This book tackles this issue by providing you with clear examples of how to implement incorporating values and ethics in your everyday leadership.
In business, you face challenges when you must choose between efficiency, analysis of results, and goals versus actively working on values and ethics. This book will argue that one doesn't need to compete with the other and it posits that one supports the other.
As the world is rapidly growing in complexity and we are facing new challenges and expectations, we must find ways to achieve sustainable lives, businesses, and societies. The author strongly believes that values are the key. By using the methodology Management by Values (MBV), under the mentorship of its founder, Professor Simon L. Dolan, the book is well-anchored in research.
Ten years ago, a new school was founded in a medium-sized town in Sweden -- Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall. It started with a staff of 20 and 250 students. Today the staff has grown to 120 members with nearly 1100 students attending. In 2019, it was considered one of the best schools in Sweden. The principal, Pascal Brisson, in many ways epitomizes the school and its success. Through in-depth interviews with the principal and colleagues, previous staff, executives within the organization and students, the author amassed information to provide a factual and engaging story of the school’s journey from a leadership perspective. It becomes clear how implementing shared values and the principal’s courage to never stop actively working with values as a management tool is a recipe for the success of an organization.
The book invites you into a conversation about leadership. It includes the author’s personal reflections on historical management methodology and on challenges of today. As you follow the ten-year journey of a successful leader in one of our society’s most complex organizations, a school, you do this in the light of Management by Values.
Essentially, this book gives the reader concrete tools and examples of how to use values as a management tool. This is told through several different themes relevant to all organizations -- organizational culture, creating teams, inspiring motivation, and handling stress.
Table of Contents
Foreword Preface Introduction Chapter 1. The Story that Needed to be Told Chapter 2. Management by Values (MBV) Chapter 3. What are Those Values Chapter 4. Culture is No Copycat Chapter 5. What is a True Leader? Chapter 6. Creating the Team Chapter 7. Do We Need Visions and Missions When We Have Values? Chapter 8. The Importance of the Right Conditions Chapter 9. Control, Trust, and Meatballs Chapter 10. Yet Another Reorganization! Chapter 11. Motivation and Sustainable Drives Chapter 12. Stress and Belonging Chapter 13. Steps to Make MBV Happen Chapter 14. Success is Knowing What You Stand For Chapter 15. Summary and Conclusion References
Liza-Maria Norlin is currently a project and process director at Bron Innovation as well as serving as a Swedish high-school teacher and politician for the Christian Democrats (KD). Since 2017, she has been regular member of KD's party board and served as a member from 2007-2009). In addition, since 2014, she has served as a group leader in KD Sundsvall and a member of the municipal council in Sundsvall. In 2019, she appeared as a third name on KD's EU electoral ballot in the European Parliament elections 2019. Previously, she served as a member of parliament from 2009 to 2010 and chair of the Christian Democrats Sundsvall. She is a trained high school teacher in Swedish and English. She graduated in 2003 at Mid Sweden University. She can be contracted through www.lizamarianorlin.com
Inspirational... A beacon for schools everywhere.
-- Stuart Diamond, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Strong, reliable, honest and dedicated, absolutely excellent qualities for a leader. Most importantly Pascal shows compassion! I am very grateful for our relationship on a personal and a professional level.
-- Barbara Bergström, founder Internationella Engelska Skolan
"This is a complete manual and a must read for all people who are already in leadership positions or aspire to be. This is not just one more book added to the panoplies of books written about leadership; it is a book, that provides the three principle and necessary ingredients for leaders who wish to become effective change agents: a concept (MBV), a methodology, and description of some tools."
-- Professor Simon L. Dolan, President of the Global Future of Work Foundation