With my business I’m often training organisations and teams, and one of the most asked questions is if I want to help them with their leadership programs, structure and teams. It’s always challenging because leadership should not only be a program, but, ultimately, leadership should be a culture in the organisation! A program can help facilitate this, but the ideal is that leadership is a part of the culture, and the program should serve the culture. Question: if you are the leader of a team and you go on a holiday for a couple of weeks, who will continue to lead? Did you put a system in place that will manage them for that time? Or, will there be someone on your team who stands up to lead, because you created a leadership culture?
How do you create a healthy leadership culture? It all starts with you! Because people do what people see. You are the biggest example and influencer for your team. Ask yourself these three questions:
- Am I investing time in my self?
You have to invest time in yourself. When you are growing and developing as a leader, learning new things, reading books and challenging yourself to go further it is obvious and people will notice. They will see you flourish and will start doing the things you do.
- Am I really interested in other people?
Have you ever been talking to someone who constantly looks the other way, or someone who is checking the time every minute? But do you do the same with your team member? Hopefully the answer is no, and that your team feels valued when you talk to them. Do you know your team? Do you know what they like doing on the weekend? Don’t fake it, show an authentic interest in others.
- Am I taking time to develop leaders?
Do you take the time to develop leaders, and invest your time with them? As leaders, we are in the people business. Leadership is all about people, and taking them to higher levels by investing our time and energy in them. It’s important to develop leaders and help them succeed in life.
Set a good example for people to follow. If it is a part of your DNA to invest time in yourself, being interested in other people and taking time to develop leaders, it will have a positive affect on your team. They will notice it, and start doing the same.
How we build a certain culture into an organisation looks different for everyone, it depends on the organisation and the values they have. But the core principles stay the same. There are 4 key principles you need to have which will definitely help you create a leadership culture.
When you have a team that is trustworthy, the possibilities are endless. You can trust them with new ideas, concepts and with other people. There is a massive barrier when there is no trust. Make sure you build trust! It’s so good to be open and honest with each other.
It’s so easy to be negative and see the bad things in everything and everyone. What you need is an empowering team which sees the victory and the good. A team that is positive and builds each other up. There are so many battles to win and you can do it!
If you have a teachable culture, people are open for leadership development and new things. They want to learn and they want to grow. Make sure your team is self motivated to learn and not only dependant on you!
Are people faithful to you and to the organisation? When you have people who are faithful, they will stick- even in the hard times. You need people who do every season with you! Set a positive example and do the same.
It’s not impossible to do this! You can create a leadership culture and it’s worth while to do. Leadership is a great journey and hopefully you are creating a positive culture for people to flow in!
I would love to hear your comments and feedback.