Leadership teams shaping organisation culture
What is organisation culture? And what is the role of leadership teams in influencing culture?
am often asked about organisation culture and what leadership teams can
do to establish the culture they want in their organisation.
tosses up more than a million articles on organisation culture in less
than a second. So you may understand my trepidation as I add one more. The
definition that makes sense to me, is 'the way we do things around
here'....in other words, the way we behave and interact with one
another. It also means that any work with culture is then within our
Culture, even a fragment of it, is complex. And of course there are many factors that influence culture.
So what are some of the influences in how we do things in the groups we are in as leaders?
I have identified three levers that leadership teams can use in shaping culture.
Here they are:
Why do I take this approach?
- Leaders can respond to and integrate the shifting contexts of their organisation and provide direction to those around them.
- Leaders can take responsibility for the emotional quality of their relationships with one another and with their staff.
can attend to their behaviours with one another; how they air their
different perspectives and opposing views, how well they listen to one
another, how they provide guidance to one another and how well
they shape their agenda together
key concept for me is "Think globally, act locally." This became
popular when the environmental crises emerged and I see it is an analogy
that provides a systems perspective of influence. Personally,
I like working with the dynamic relationship of overview and
detail, big picture and immediate action.
This is reflectd in the three levers above with which leaders can directly influence culture.
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