Our values

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The Leeds City Council core values and behaviours

Our values are at the heart of everything we do. They inform the way we design and deliver our services and the way we all work and behave. 

Our shared values help everyone be their best in a supportive, values based organisation. Our values are: 

  • being open, honest and trusted - I can be my best 
  • treating people fairly - I feel valued for who I am 
  • working as a team for Leeds - I'm part of a 'can do' team 
  • working with all communities - I make a difference  
  • spending money wisely​ - I make every pound go further 

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Recognition and reward are core to our  best employee experience ambition. We  support our people to feel like they count and are valued for who they are. 

Recognition is a great way for everyone to express their thanks. It shows colleagues are appreciated and enables a strong team spirit with caring, supportive managers. 

#TeamLeeds initiatives include: 

  • Peer recognition – our regular initiatives to recognise and show appreciation of colleagues. 
  • Awards for excellence – recognition of outstanding contribution of colleagues from across the organisation. 
  • Showcase Library – on recognition received for the organisation.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is the heartbeat of our organisation, integral to everything we do with our colleagues, our customers and our communities. Our staff networks will provide you with peer support, ensuring your voice is not just heard, but amplified across and through our organisation. The networks are central to our effort to support priorities for gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, disability, carers, early careers and wellbeing corporate themes.

Our colleagues say:

Narinder, member of Race Equality Network

“The network is an opportunity to take part in real, meaningful discussions with like-minded peers in a safe and supportive arena. Everyone is valued and able to speak up, to debate, challenge, question and formulate notions. It is about being present, not bystanders, we are not willing to see indifference carve its way through the organisation.”

Alex, member of Disability and Wellbeing Network

“For the first time in my life, thanks to the network, I have a safe space where I can be myself and never be judged. I now feel proud of who I am, who I’m becoming, and I know I’m accepted. I love the fact that I can use my lived experience of neurodiversity to support colleagues with similar diagnoses, as well as help others to learn and understand.”