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Day 18 – Q 4.It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. Do you agree? Substantiate.

4. It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. Do you agree? Substantiate.  

जब आप जानते हैं कि आपके मूल्य क्या हैं, तो निर्णय लेना कठिन नहीं है। क्या आप सहमत हैं? पुष्टी करें।


Values are basic and fundamental beliefs that guide or motivate attitudes or actions. These describe the personal qualities we choose to embody to guide our actions; the sort of person we want to be; the manner in which we treat ourselves and others, and our interaction with the world around us. 


Values help in decision-making:

  • Resolves conflict- Based on the value system, a person can decide whether means (deontological) are important for him or the end (utilitarian). For example, whether lying is right to save a person’s life can be easily decided.
  • Prioritize stakeholders- As per the belief in values like compassion, empathy etc. an administrator can prioritize his work whether for poor and destitute or for commercial development.
  • Emotional intelligence- Knowing one’s core values helps a person being emotionally less vulnerable to the circumstances, for example a person for whom strength is important will take care of his family in times of trouble instead of being doomed by it himself.
  • There are several examples of administrators, where their value system guided them to take decisions. Armstrong Pane built a road for people, Durga Shakti Nagpal and Ashok Khemka stood against corruption because of the values that guided them.

However, there might be situations where two or more of our core values are at conflict, and it is hard to take a decision in such situations. For example, for an administrator who values rules but is also empathetic, it is a difficult situation when he has to help a needy but cannot really take action as per the rules. For instance, where a widow comes for enrolment on the last day of the deadline for a social benefit program meant for economically backward people with no primary breadwinner but she does not have necessary certificates to prove she is economically backward and also she is an illiterate.


Decision-making is always a contentious task, but being aware of the core values one can minimize the internal conflicts and take a decision that best suits his interests.

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