At Saint Leo University we have a Values Statement that contains six basic core values. They are as follows; Excellence, Community, Respect, Personal Development, Responsible Stewardship, and Integrity, each with a definition of what they mean to the university. As with all core values, these are a set of standards we strive to live by. These values all have individual definitions and meanings, some of which can be subjective to most.
In these next few paragraphs I will summarize what they mean to me, excellence is a drive and passion to always do our best, in any endeavor we take on. Saint Leo`s Values Statement says “The success of our university upon a conscientious commitment to our mission, vision, and goals.” By striving for excellence these values will come can be stood by easily.
Community in the exact definition of the word is a group of people living in a particular local area. In a values statement community to me is a sense of oneness with our surroundings and the people involved, we must trust and be trust worthy. In a sense of community we have interdependence on each other, which cannot be achieved without trust.
Respect is something we should strive to show everyone in our community and abroad. Not only our elders deserve our respect but our peers and subordinates, everyone has individual strengths that should be valued. Respect alone can fill a person with a sense of esteem and confidence. Respect to me is also a feeling of regard for a person.
Personal development is about growth, not only physical but spiritual as well. We must have a balanced life that is always growing to the next best level in all fashions. If we are all growing and striving to demonstrate this, it is better for our community and the people in it.
Responsible stewardship means to me we are to be responsible and accountable to our God the creator. In the bible God says we are to be responsible stewards of