For most people company culture is the basic way people in the organization behave and perform, the way to they relate to each other and the way they perform. What is not commonly known is that a company culture is defined by its leaders. Great leadership is reflected in a positive, pulsating and thriving work culture. It is not an impossible task but definitely a difficult one. Culture involves people, influences people and ultimately defines the people in an organization. Working with such a volatile and fluid resource is not easy.
However, there are ways to ensure that leaders transfer the right thoughts down the hierarchy and develop a positive and binding company culture which encourages growth. Bad leadership has ruined many a great organization. It percolates deep into the company DNA and affects the performance and behavior of every team member. To make sure that you avoid falling into this quagmire, follow these simple tips. They will act as your guide to build a happy and prosperous team.
Share the vision – One of the very important aspects of being a good leader is to share your vision with the rest of the team. If they have no clear idea of what your goals and aspirations are they will be floundering in the dark. Performance can never be at its optimum best without a clear focus. This is turn will adversely affect the company culture as doubts and failures seep in.
Transparency – A company where every leader, manager and team member practice absolute transparency over important matters. As a leader you have to determine which areas of business need a united viewpoint. And then share these with the team. This will always ensure that misunderstandings and politics do not easily take hold of the organization.
Let them leave – One rotten fish can spoil the entire pond. You have to accept the reality that you cannot win them all. If any disgruntled employee wants to leave, let them. You cannot retain a resource by applying force. Your job is to ensure that the atmosphere remains positive and creative. Once the negative influences are filtered out you can go about creating a company culture that motivates one to excel and succeed.
Be approachable – A leader who keeps himself sequestered in the hallowed upper halls will not know his employees. In that case it is hardly fair to expect them to go on performing without airing their objections or grievances. If these are not met then they will be demotivated and disgruntled. On the other hand a leader is always approachable instills confidence and faith among his employees.
Community bonding – An organization that behaves and operates as a cohesive community has maximum potential and promise. It reflects a company culture where teams fall into place without any effort, shows easy camaraderie as well as respect for the leader and where progress and growth is achieved through easy and united effort.
A leader has the maximum responsibility to foster the right growth environment. But company culture is incomplete without the complete support of the people at every strata of the organization. Exercising the above actions will ensure that this unity is easily achieved.
Gary Takacs is the founder of The CEO University is a US-based, CEO and Executive Peer Group Organization that creates opportunities for accelerated business growth and personal development through CEO Peer Group Meetings that are CEO-led, one-to-one mentoring focused on unique business and personal challenges, and purposeful learning events.