With a highly effective leadership culture, the people live by their own and the company values every day. The people strengthen and build new relationships every day. The people go the extra mile every day. The people help others to develop themselves into leaders. The people are optimistic and work towards a bright future for themselves, their team, their leader and their organisation. A highly effective leadership culture is all about serving.
If the team you led at this present moment was already a highly effective team, and the organisation you are part of was already an attractive organisation, then the following will already have happened:
- The people already feel great about their leaders and mainly about themselves.
- The people feel great when they are at work and in the mix every day with their teams.
- The people have strong and meaningful relationships with their colleagues and teammates.
- The people feel like their leader values them and the team as a whole.
- The people are challenged every day by their leaders to improve positively.
- The organisation provides personal & team growth opportunities to everyone.
- The people already working in your organisation do not want to leave because they can see a bright future for themselves, their teammates, their colleagues and their leaders.
If all of the above had already happened, then the highly effective leadership culture would be flowing through everyone, every day, as would the team and organisational vision.
After reading the points above, do you feel challenged? If you don’t then it’s probably because your team is already a highly effective team, and your organisation is already an attractive organisation. Or, you don’t have any desire to strive towards becoming a highly effective team and an attractive organisation.
However, if you do feel challenged then as I have stated earlier, the leadership ladder is high and can be very challenging at times.
Even though the leadership ladder is very high, don’t worry because I am here to help you and others. My life vision & just cause is, “I can see a world in which our leaders create environments that focusses on people and helps them to learn to lead, grow and increase their influence for the good of others.”
So, don’t be overwhelmed by the challenge and the height of leadership ladder you must climb. I know you want to climb this ladder and help your people climb it too, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article.
I want to provide you with the right help and resources that will aid you and your team climb the leadership ladder. I will also provide you with examples of how to climb the leadership ladder.
This website will also help you to understand why you should climb the leadership ladder, and why your team should climb also.
2. Leadership Ladder
Along with providing you the resources to help you and your team, I will also help you understand what exactly you need to do to climb the leadership ladder and what obstacles might come in your way.
Think of this website as a map on your phone that you look at every day.
As we go through the journey of understanding what and why you and your team need to do to climb the leadership ladder, make notes, highlight certain areas, write notes down in a notebook, think about it every day, read every day and reflect on what you have read.
When a leader invests in their people to help them grow into highly effective leaders, then that is more important to them than anything else you could offer. That includes a substantial pay rise or a job promotion.
My articles and books were written to help you become a highly effective leader, to help you build a highly effective team and help you grow your organisation into an attractive organisation with a highly effective leadership culture.
So many organisations throughout the world are frustrated because they are losing their great people to their competition. They are also losing great people outside their organisation to their competition.
To prevent that then your organisation must become the most attractive organisation in your industry. You must attract great people to be part of your highly effective teams.
In my experience, word of mouth and people referring has been the most powerful way of advertising great people. Word of mouth is how organisations become the most attractive organisation in their industry.
3. Attracting Great People
It’s not through social media ads, newspaper ads, magazine articles etc. If you look at the points above in the first paragraph again. If the people in your organisation felt those things already, what type of word of mouth advertising do you think they would give for your organisation? It would be spectacular.
Word of mouth is not something that you can pay for, like when you pay for social media ads or newspaper ads. Word of mouth needs to be earned by a team and an organisation. Let me give you an example:
I read a book called, “Everybody Matters – The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your PEOPLE Like FAMILY.” It was written by Bob Chapman who is the CEO of a company called Barry – Wehmiller.
It resonated with me at first because Barry – Wehmiller are a manufacturing and engineering company, and I am a chartered engineer. But I also loved the idea of taking care of your people (employees) like family.
Barry – Wehmiller is a great example of being an attractive organisation because they have been building a highly effective leadership culture for a long time. They are continuously improving in ALL areas every single day.
Since reading that book, I have been following Bob Chapman and Barry – Wehmiller through their website and social media channels. I was even looking for a job myself as they have plants all over the world.
Since they transformed the culture into a highly effective leadership culture, the company has just grown and grown. I can see on their social media pages also that the jobs they advertise are applied for by hundreds of people every day. When I talk about being an attractive organisation, that is what I mean.
4. People Development
The growth and development of the people within your team, and the growth and development of the people within your organisation is how it starts.
That is how you are going to grow a highly effective leadership culture throughout the organisation and become an attractive organisation to great people outside. Culture is not about the products your organisation sells or the services you offer.
You need to have innovation when it comes to the right growth and development of your people throughout the organisation. Not just the select few.
I have worked as an engineer inside depots and also inside offices, and the reason I say the growth and development of people needs to be innovative is because it needs to be the right kind. A lot of organisations put their people through courses or development opportunities, but it isn’t right for them.
Especially when it comes to leadership and helping them to climb the leadership ladder. So, organisations need to focus more on being innovative when it comes to their people development, not just their products and services
You can get a good idea of the type of people development I am talking about on my YouTube Channel, “Leadership & Growth”.
Each video I produce is intended to help aspiring and current leaders develop themselves into a highly effective leader. As are my other resources on my website at highlyeffectiveleader.com
The “normal” culture of an organisation is to focus on things that may not go right or haven’t gone right. When things go right and they have produced a successful outcome, it is a shock to most organisations. Successful outcomes can be more difficult to get over than unsuccessful ones because that is the norm. With a highly effective leadership culture, the “norm” is so different, and the people are not shocked with successful outcomes.
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All the best,