THE 4 V'S OF LEADERSHIP: VISION, VALUES, VALUE-ADDED AND VITALITY
By PETER SHAW (CAPSTONE, 2006)
|UNDERSTANDING THE PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP AND TEAM BUILDING ARE
ESSENTIAL CAPABILITIES FOR ALL OF US INVOLVED IN THE PUBLIC OR PRIVATE
SECTORS OF ENTERPRISE.|
Recommended leadership reading includes the most important management writers of our time:
Peter Drucker, Ken Blanchard, Charles Handy, Peter Senge, John Maxwell and John Adair. Peter
Shaw's name should now be added to our list. This is his latest book on leadership.
Focussing on the 4 Vs of Vision, Values, Value-added and Vitality can be a very powerful way of
reshaping priorities. The 4Vs have resonated with leaders in very different worlds because they
are easy to remember, they are dynamic, they link together personal and organisational priorities,
they are relevant at any age or stage in a career and they provide a framework for making major
decisions about priorities.
Peter's thesis is that to move forward in any area of our lives depends on linking together vision,
values, value-added and vitality. In the book he addresses the following type of questions:
Vision - Are we clear who we want to become? What is the essential Wendy-ness, Mark-
ness or Mohammed-ness? What is the coherence of our vision of ourselves that brings
together our work, community and home personalities into one coherent person?
Values - What are the values that drive us? Do we understand where they came from and
how they are changing? How can we harness our values to help our own fulfilment and the
wellbeing of those around us? How do we ensure our values are our biggest asset and not
our worst liability?
Value-Added - What are our strengths? How can we develop them and use them to the
best effect? What are we less good at? How can we develop skills in those areas? How
can we become more confident in adding value in a wider range of different situations?
How can we add value in all our interactions with different people so that they are
enlightened and encouraged?
Vitality - What is at the heart of what gives us energy? Can we grow that source of
energy? Can we take it into different areas of our lives? What is the interlink between what
gives us energy at home and in the community? How can those sources of energy flow
back into our work situations? What part does stillness play in nurturing our sources of
In the concluding chapters he encourages the reader to take forward their conclusions through a
balance of courage and calmness, through a careful reflection of what is success and through
reflection about next steps.
In his forward David Normington, the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office, says that the book,
"will bring wisdom and stimulation to people at all stages of their lives and careers: to those who
are moving up or moving on at work or are seeking new challenges in their personal lives, or are
looking for new sources of ideas and energy".
I bring this to your attention if you would be interested in reading a copy of the book which is
available in major bookshops and through Amazon. The book retails at £14.99. I understand that
Amazon are selling it at a promotional price of £9.89.
If you would like to discuss any of these four themes with me I would be delighted to do so.