As a leader, culture radiates from you
In my last article, I wrote that enthusiasm and negativity are both contagious – it’s up to us which one we want to spread. Nowhere else in the workplace is this statement truer than when relating to company culture. It is up to the leader to decide what kind of tone flows throughout the organization’s veins. If infused with positivity and joy, everyone in the business will have the opportunity to make the best of their situation. The way the leader reacts to everything that happens will be echoed throughout the company, which is why this understanding is monumental to creating extraordinary workplace culture. It begins at the top and ends with all of us.
Listen to your team, then act and follow through
Asking your team questions is one of the most valuable ways you can simultaneously benefit both individual employees and the business as a whole. For instance, simply making time for interaction with people at every level in the company can allow fresh ideas to finally see the light of day. It’s entirely possible that a team member has had an idea, but no one ever took the time to listen. Additionally, when a team member states a need, the extraordinary leader will quickly act and follow through to provide a solution. Not next week, not some time – right now. Because when leaders show that they are willing to act immediately, a new standard is set for everyone else in the organization. Putting tasks off until a later date no longer becomes acceptable. The norm has changed, and with it, a wave of new abilities will be witnessed. Once again, it begins at the top and ends with all of us.
Actively work towards creating joy
Would you rather work for someone who complains about the things that go wrong, or someone who turns the wrong things right? There’s no question that a positive problem solver who actively creates joy will have more loyal and happy employees. The question is, will you commit to putting in the effort required to be inspirational? Or will the norm remain where it is at? It begins at the top and ends with all of us – and the choice is yours.