What is the culture of your team? The word culture can have many definitions. For those who live in New York, culture may refer to an evening attending a musical. However the same word means something completely different to a scientist in his laboratory.
Your organization, business, charity group or church has a unique culture. In his article, "Creating the Right Leadership Culture (Leaders on Leadership) Hans Finzel defines corporate culture in this way,
Corporate culture is the way insiders behave based on the values and group traditions of the whole.
How does a leader create an environment that can foster energy, enthusiasm, forward momentum and great success? Finzel says there are 7 key strategies that can produce a healthy teamwork environment. He uses the acrostic - CULTURE.
C reate and sustain a compelling vision
U nderstand the culture you are leading
L isten to your followers will foster a learning atmosphere
T rust others with a piece of the action
U nderstand your special role as a servant-leader
R espect every person on the team
E mphasize your corporate values every chance you get. (p. 267)
The culture of an organization is like a fingerprint. It is unique. There is not another one like it. Every organization, business, charity group or congregation is completely unique. It is a counter-productive behavior to treat any organization as identical to another. Identical organizations simply do not exist.
In the development and encouragement of strong teams it is absolutely necessary to learn the culture of that team.
Do you understand the people you're trying to lead?
Are you listening to those on your team?
Do you respect every person within your organization?
Are you comfortable being a servant-leader?
What does your team CULTURE look like?