In principle, values are those things most important to us; the things we value. For most people, they are ideals, beliefs, rules to live by. We are generally drawn to be with people who share our values. At the core of every defined group of people are shared values.
Practical Tip: Discuss values as a group and make a written, short, agreed-to list of the values you have in common. Simply having a discussion about values helps a group to understand each other. Deciding which values you share defines your group and helps people decide to join the group. It also helps people to leave when they are not a good fit. A written list of shared values also serves as a “code of ethics,” a place to turn for guidance when the decision making gets tough.
Shared values are the steadfast ground on which we stand when things are in turmoil. Shared values guide and hold us together.