Do not wait until you are a senior leader to define your values. Even if you do not have anyone reporting to you right now, you should know your values. If nothing else, this exercise will enable you to discern whether you are working in the right organization. By defining and embracing your values, you will be guided in your interactions with others even if you are the most junior person on the team. In that way, you are acting as a leader.

To define your values, you must engage in self-reflection. Ask yourself, What do I truly believe? Am I willing to state my values? Am I willing to compromise my values? Are my actions consistent with my beliefs? Once you have put your values down on paper and you are clear about what ...

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