Value Based Leadership and Spirituality in the Workplace

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VALUE-BASED LEADERSHIP AND SPIRITUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE I herewith declare this work to be my own, that I have acknowledged all the sources I have consulted in the paper itself and not only in the bibliography, that all wording unaccompanied by a reference is my own, and that no part of this paper has been directly sourced from the internet, or elsewhere, without providing the necessary recognition. I acknowledge that if any part of this declaration is found to be false I shall receive no marks for this paper, shall not be allowed to complete this module, and that charges can be laid against me for plagiarism before the Central Disciplinary Committee of the University. Signed: ……………………………… Date:…show more content…
144). Our values are thus in essence our “belief systems” through which we perceive our everyday world and decide how to react to it (Rue, 2001). According to Rokeach (as cited by Graber & Kilpatrick, 2008) a person’s major values combine to form an organised value system, wherein different values will be ascribed varying importance. A very important characteristic of values is that, due to the centrality of values in our lives, and their subsequent importance to human beings, the honouring and fulfilment of our values creates a feeling of life and vitality and deep rooted satisfaction (Rue, 2001). Due to the fact that certain values are not just a means to an end state, but also lead towards a greater good for society and other people (for example values such as caring, empowerment and solidarity), values have intrinsic merit of their own – away/apart from any specific system of beliefs (Prilleltensky, 2000). Values and value systems are generally seen to be fairly stable, though as a study by Thorpe and Loo (as cited by Graber & Kilpatrick, 2008) showed, they are subject to change over time. Furthermore,
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