10 ways true leaders improve organizational culture
Part of being a leader is ensuring your organization continues to grow stronger – essentially, that you leave it better than when you found it. And part of this betterment should include the company's organizational culture.
Forbes contributor William Craig lists 10 ways leaders can grow their company's organizational culture. The list includes:
- They observe. A real leader should be observant enough to note even a change in an employee's work behavior.
- They balance subculture with organizational unity. A good leader understands the importance of team-building in subcultures, but also the need for improved cooperation across larger teams.
- They don't get hung up on titles. A flatter company structure can be a real benefit to an organization.
- They aren't necessarily appointed leaders. Some of the best leaders don't need a title.
- They are active in the community.
- They help employees fully understand their roles. A solid leader helps employees find meaning and value in their daily work.
- They help coworkers develop their skills.
- They reinforce accountability and process ownership.
- They look beyond productivity. "What's the point of any of the work you do if you're not having fun and developing more positive relationships with the people you spend time with every day?," Craig writes.
- They speak to their employees like human beings – not talking down to them or over their heads.
Above all, Craig writes, communication is vital. "People look to leaders who sound genuine and exude enthusiasm about engaging with their employees," he adds.
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B. Dan Berger became NAFCU president and CEO on Aug. 1, 2013. He was promoted to executive vice president of government affairs in July 2009 after joining NAFCU in January 2006 as senior vice president of government affairs overseeing five divisions including legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, research/economics, regulatory compliance and political affairs/PAC.