Building a Leadership Development Culture

By jefflewis | church leadership

Mar 31

traingleofservicesBuilding a Leadership Development Culture

Shaping a culture is a monumental task and sometimes will take years to accomplish. Yet, for organizations, churches, and businesses alike, whatever is within the DNA of your culture will be permeated throughout all areas. Having a culture that is strong on/in leadership and has leaders at every level, as well as continuous leader development will certainly make for a strong culture.

Mac Lake has presented much material about developing a leadership culture, and Arkadi Kuhlmann has a good text on this realm, as well as the Center for Creative Leadership. Accenture has a good piece on it too.

What is organizational culture?

Organizational culture, was defined by Dr. Edgar H. Schein as “a pattern of shared basic assumptions that was learned by a group as it solved its problems of external adaptation and internal integration, that has worked well enough to be considered valid and, therefore, to be taught to new members as the correct way to perceive, think, and feel in relation to those problems…”

Think about that definition for a moment…

Where does your Organization, Church, Business, and/or Agency stand as far as organizational Culture? Did you know that you organization’s culture will push not only how the organization conducts its day-to-day business, but it will also effect:

    • A shared understanding of your organization’s purpose, mission, and vision
    • Values that guide everyday decision-making
    • Leadership activity at all levels in the organization
    • The focus and leadership style of top-level leaders
    • How the people within the organization think of their relationships with leaders, one-another, other organizations, and the people served.

It is important to Build a Leadership Development Culture for the future of your organization.

Organizational leaders should be continuously improving and moving forward to have their organization to be in a place to always be more effective and achieve better results. A strategic leadership plan will give a developed strategy to achieve, but it still has to be implemented and executed.  Execution of the strategy occurs when structure, roles, capability, leadership, people management systems and organizational culture all aligned to the strategic leadership plan. If done effectively, this will move an organization to continuously develop leaders at every level.

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