A Culture Of Leadership Is Needed Now More Than Ever
Lee Eisenstaedt says in times of crisis, when the whole world has been turned upside down by a number of extraordinary events, we need something to believe in that consistently makes sense. It’s an island of security in an insecure climate. And, in many ways, the organisations we belong to can provide just such a feeling when they have a culture of leadership.
What is a culture of leadership, and why does it matter today?
It is the web of beliefs, practices and processes that describe the way things get done in an organization. Whether you are new to the company or have been with the organization for 15 years, this is the belief system of how the people interact in the organization. It’s a road map to rationality and guiding principles the company adheres to when it comes to internal questions such as:
• How do you forge relationships?
• How do you make decisions?
• How is trust built here?
• How do you resolve conflict in your organisation?
• How do you create alignment?
When we find the answers to these questions, every level of the company is aligned on the way things get done, which in turn leads to a business that will thrive and grow. As you think about your own core values and the types of behaviors you demonstrate and encourage in others, ask yourself: What do I tolerate around here? What don’t I tolerate? The answers define your culture and differentiate you from your competition.
Sometimes the leaders we talk to know the answers. Sometimes they don’t. And sometimes there’s a sharp discrepancy between what each of the people on the leadership team says. But above all, we know that the practices, policies and procedures are all built on the foundation of those answers.
In this article Lee talks about backing up your culture of leadership, understanding the difference between alignment and agreement, and what you need to do next.
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