Values Based Decision Making: Making Good Decisions that Last

Date published
Denise Traicoff, Mark White


Most people believe they have integrity. But as a leader it is important to go beyond what you think and look carefully at what your choices say to others about who you are and what you care about. The most difficult choices are not about right vs. wrong, but right vs. right. They are choices where we cannot do everything we want, and important right things are in tension with each other. Leaders can and should bring the language of values and ethics into every decision making conversation. Tough choices and good decisions demand nothing less. This workshop was about making difficult choices and making them well so that most of the people who are affected, whether they agree with the decision or not, respect the decision and the person who made it.

By the end of this workshop, participants were able to:

  • Identify and involve the right stakeholders
  • Conduct productive dialogue about values
  • Make a good, values based decision
  • Identify potential negative consequences of a decision
  • Communicate your decision in a way that creates support from those who must implement it, and those whom it affects
Author type
Non-FETP affiliate
Resource type
Leadership and management
Multiple regions
Country or Area
Multiple countries