Your competition will copy your products if they’re good. They’ll copy your services. They’ll copy your branding. They may even try to poach your people. But, there is one thing they will never be able to copy and that’s your culture.
Your culture is the very thing that makes your business and organisation special, distinct and unique…or not as the case might be! Your culture is what sets the standard and then drives the standard of behaviour…it’s your competitive edge. Your culture shares what’s acceptable, what’s important and what your organisation values: honesty, innovation, candor, going that extra mile for customers.
We want to go to work each day and feel part of a community – one of the deepest psychological needs of a human being is the need for belonging.
We want to work for a business which values us, promotes our personal growth & development and makes us feel like we are contributing to something much bigger.
Leadership is everyone’s responsibility (after all, life is about self-leadership), its not just the role of Managers and Leaders defined by their job profile or business card. In every business, every person plays a part in building and enhancing the culture.
Leadership is not about title…it’s about actions.
To secure your position as a world-class organisation, every single person in your business must ‘demonstrate’ leadership behaviours, regardless of his or her role. The race is on to grow leaders, team members and colleagues, and develop a leadership culture before your competitors do.
It’s a way of thinking, with every individual in your business operating from a solid core of personal ownership, responsibility and accountability for their actions and results.
Where everyone thinks, feels and acts like ‘it’s MY business’….
- Enterprising, entrepreneurial and pro-active
- Focused on the solutions rather than the problems (the glass is definitely half full not half empty!)
- Do whatever it takes to be part of the legacy to build a world-class business
- Are concerned about results and outcomes, and do their part to reduce costs
- Take personal ownership for achieving results that move the business forward
- Shape culture, stay positive and lead by example
Where are you on the journey in creating a high performing leadership culture?
Developing a Leadership culture does not just happen over night, it takes focus, commitment, and requires consistency of thought and action.
What stage of the journey are you in creating a high performing leadership culture…infancy, adolescence or maturity?