What is LIFT ?
LIFT stands for Leading Ireland’s Future Together. We all recognise that good leadership is important, whether we are at home, in school, at work or involved in Government and politics. Our aim at LIFT is to create better leaders in Ireland and make our country the best place it can be.
We will achieve this by bringing people together from across the country to talk about eight values that the people of Ireland have chosen as being most important for a good leader to display. These conversations will encourage participants to consider what values are important to them and how to better reflect them in their daily lives, whether in work, at home or play.
Already, we have a network of over 400 volunteers who have participated in our facilitator training sessions and are meeting with colleagues and peers: across their companies, with their community organisation or with family and friends about how to bring those values to the fore in everyday life and decision-making.
We aim to continue to grow so that over the ten year period between 2018-2028, almost half a million people will have taken part in this initiative.
The Eight LIFT Leadership Values
In March 2018, we undertook an initial survey in association with Coyne Research, to ask a nationally representative sample of the people of Ireland what leadership attributes and values they believe are most in need of development in Ireland. We then looked at the attributes considered most important for leadership and through our research the following 8 LIFT Leadership Values emerged:
Having integrity means that we act and speak in a manner consistent with our principles and that we respond to situations honestly and courageously. Being transparent helps to develop trust.
Empathy and understanding mean listening to other viewpoints, motivations and perspectives and having a commitment to the betterment of others. This leads to improved organisations and communities.
Showing the proper respect validates the dignity of others and at the same time enhances our own. Being respectful of the views and opinions of others (while recognising our boundaries) allows for the expression of differing perspectives.
Accountability means both taking public and private responsibility for one’s own actions and additionally being willing to hold others to account for their actions and behaviours. It enables high levels of performance and ensures that standards are maintained.
Competent people take pride in their performance and continually examine their activities with a view to improvement. It does not accept poor performance.
Having a positive mental attitude allows people to motivate others; look for creative solutions; overcome obstacles; and deal with setbacks.
Listening with an open mind allows us to learn. It also shows respect to the experience and perspectives of others, providing a means for resolving conflict and solving problems.
Achievement often requires hard work and can sometimes be difficult. Approaching tasks and situations with a mind-set of determination and dedication often leads to results that cannot be achieved without it. It can also lead to additional satisfaction and the respect of others.
If you would like to have your voice heard on the leadership values that are important to you, complete our LIFT Values Survey.
Whether you are in a company, a community sports club, an organisation or an individual who believes passionately in the power to achieve change, we’d love to hear from you so you can join our goal of elevating our country’s value based leadership qualities.
LIFT is for everyone. Being a leader isn’t about having a title, being the CEO, the Captain or the Manager. We believe all of us are leaders. We can and should set an example in terms of how we behave and how we demand others behave. Support for LIFT can be in one of three ways:
Become a friend
We’ll keep you posted of our progress and invite you to future LIFT roll out events
Become a facilitator
We’ll train you to lead round table discussions and be part of the roll out of LiFT
Become a Partner
We’ll welcome your company to help lead LIFT and roll out within your organisation
If you’d like to Get Involved, please complete our form below and we’ll get back in touch with you.
In May 2018, our Inaugural Founding Partners attended the launch of LIFT OFF to make this initiative happen. This ambitious programme wouldn’t have started without them and we are delighted to have their support.
Friends of LIFT
Our ambition is big and to help make it happen, we have the official backing and support of in excess of 75 organisations and individuals, from across all sectors of Irish society – ranging from Munster Rugby and the GAA; to the Teaching Council; the Peter McVerry Trust; IBEC; the Junior Chambers of Commerce; the Immigrant Council; the Irish Girl Guide movement; Mobility Mojo and many more. Each of these Friends has made a commitment to LIFT, to participate in the training process and to facilitate further discussion on values among their organisation.