In a short post, George Couros argues that people are any organisations most important resource. Although there may be the most outstanding values statements in place, if this does not connect and respect the individuals then it will always be limited.
To do work that matters, people need to know that they are the best resource your organisation will have, and they have to be utilised according to this belief. If you do not bring out the best in them, nothing you write on any document will matter. Those visions and mission statements can become important, but only people can bring them to life.Source
Another take on this is Brad Gustafson's take on Start With Why in that in schools we should start with the students first. While Dean Shareski suggests that people and connections are what matters when leaving a conference.