Values are ideals that guide or qualify your personal conduct, interaction with others, and involvement in your life. Like morals they help you to distinguish what is right from what is wrong and inform you on how you can conduct your life in a meaningful way.
Values can be classified into four different categories.
- Personal Values
- Cultural Values
- Social Values
- Work Values
Personal values are principles that define you as an individual. Personal values, such as honesty, reliability, and trust, determine how you will face the world and relate with people.
Cultural values, like the practice of your faith and customs, are principles that sustain connections with your cultural roots. They help you feel connected to a larger community of people with similar backgrounds.
Social values indicate how you relate meaningfully to others in social situations, including those involving family, friends, and co-workers.
Work values guide your behaviour in professional contexts. They define how you work and how you relate to your co-workers, bosses, and clients. They also reveal your potential for promotions.