Leaders Create the Corporate Culture
I had a spirited discussion with a friend of mine about how culture is developed within a organization. He took the position that culture just forms on its own and leaders have little impact on the overall culture.
My point of view was different. I agreed that many corporate cultures are formed by the collective beliefs and opinions of the people within the organization. However, this is a direct bearing on the total lack of attention or effort applied by the leadership of these organizations.
My belief is leaders have a direct responsibility for creating the corporate culture within their organization.
How can you have a high performance culture if the leadership is not creating this attitude within the organization? Leaders need to establish the culture that will contribute to the fulfillment of the strategic goals of the organization. Leaders using group presentations, project priorities, policies that encourage growth and innovation, one on one discussion with key influencers and the ability to walk their own talk create an environment that is supportive of the leaders directions and goals.
A common trait found in observing the performance of effective leaders is their ability to create a “can-do” culture. Poor leaders create a culture of CYA and blame, blame, who gets the blame today? The best leaders keep people seeing the possibilities rather than the limitations. They create a high energy team who regularly go the extra mile to accomplish goals that others felt were impossible.
It’s all about the culture you develop and support with your actions. Take time each week to review what is going on around you. Talk to people, encourage your team with positive statements, and take the necessary steps to insure you get the culture that contributes to your mission.