Today, we are going to take a deep dive into how we operate as an organization. Sometimes I found myself blaming the “organization” when something went wrong or if “they” did something I didn’t like. Even when I spoke to my team, I found myself referring to “them.” If the culture was not healthy it was “their” fault.
What I began to realize is how I was “they” - all of us - we were the organization and my daily choices impacted the culture. The leader is responsible for the culture of his or her team.
From that moment on, I became very intentional about shaping a positive culture for my team. By the end, people wanted to be on our team because they knew what we stood for and demonstrated that in how we consistently behaved.
A team with leaders at every level will always beat a team that only has leaders at the top. A title does not make someone a leader. Everyone can be a leader no matter what official role they play. Because leadership – in its purest form – is influence. And we all have the ability to influence others. The question is, “What type of influence are we having on the people around us?”
Saying you need a culture of leadership is one thing. Creating and maintaining a culture of leadership is another. An organization's culture is really its character. Organizational character is defined as a team's demonstrated values. What we demonstrate with our customers, community AND with each other.
It is the leader's responsibility to create and maintain the character of the organization. As we move into this next session of our training, we will focus on the "HOW" of leadership. We will answer the question, “How do leaders, at every level, create and maintain the organizational character they desire on the teams they lead?”
We do it by determining our own personal “how” first and then lead our teams to follow our examples.
The fastest way to change a team is to change the leader. It is a leader's responsibility to steer the direction and culture of the team. If we look at our culture like a ship, then you are the captain. When the values and culture of a team are unclear it makes it hard for a team to work together. After all, a ship left adrift rarely ends up in port. It almost always ends up on the reef.
We must ask ourselves, how do I personally exercise each of these Habits of Character so that I end up in port? To do this, each of us must determine what leading with character is going to look like in our own life. We are going to work through an exercise in just a few moments that helps us determine who we are going to be.
Remember – people follow us because of WHO we are, not because of WHAT we can do. Let's look at how the six Habits of Character can guide us to positively impact relationships with each other and people within our organization/teams at work and at home.
This sneak peek is just the beginning of the training we have crafted for you and your team. We would love to come alongside you and help to sharpen your team in a platform which best meets the needs of your organization. Click here for more details.