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What Every Leader Can Learn From the 7 Core Values of GAP Inc.

leadthewayWhat is the true mark of a successful leader? Is it their ability to inspire their team, or ability to hold everyone accountable to their tasks? Is a successful leader one who hits their goals consistently or the one who comes up with the next big idea? At the end of the day, we can all agree that a successful leader possesses a mixture of all of these skills.

Leadership is about far more than just getting the tasks at hand accomplished—leadership is ultimately about a person’s ability to marry their interpersonal skills with their professional trade experience. Over time, it is easy to gain industry experience performing the same tasks over and over again. However, interpersonal skills can sometimes feel a bit amorphous—even intangible. Yet when someone lacks interpersonal skills as a leader, it can have immediate consequences. So how can organizations best support their leadership teams in learning the science of managing people and understanding emotions?

We’ve been fortunate to work with GAP Inc. here in the US, and we were recently thrilled to align with GAP Inc. Japan as well for their leadership development summit. In working with their team, we’ve been exposed to an organization that truly understands how to foster development and growth in their employees. We thought we’d take the time to share a few of our key takeaways from working with GAP to apply to your own organization.

At GAP Inc., seven core values have been established to guide their leadership team. These values cover all 360 degrees of what it takes to be effective and influential. Take a look at the list below. Are these values in alignment with your organization’s goals?

1. Coach
2. Direct
3. Energize
4. Execute
5. Innovate
6. Relate
7. Thrive

What is your organization doing to support the development of your leadership team?

What Every Leader Can Learn From the 7 Core Values of GAP Inc.


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