Everything we do contributes to the culture around us. In other words, our actions play a crucial role in ‘what we look like.’ Many organizations build culture around their desired results, but forget to identify how to do it.
Our culture isn’t just created by what we’d like our results to be. It’s created by how we act on the way to the finish line. What we do between point A and point B will create what we look like.
Our culture is what we look like. What we allow to happen and what we tolerate paints the picture of our culture. Think of your culture like a reputation. Whatever your reputation is will be a mirror image of your culture. It’s how others see you.
Teams must identify what they want their culture to be. If you want to be a hard charging, inspiring, high performance organization you must create how you’d achieve that. How you behave can be done by choosing the correct values that correlate to the outcome you want. Each organization will have to collectively decide on the values they want to represent that best fits their desired culture.
When you lead with values and act on the values the culture is changed. It’s not an overnight process, but through time and holding each other accountable the culture will change. It’s a team effort. Leading by example is still the most powerful way to lead. Everyone will need to lead by example, but the desired culture will need to be invested in by the top leaders and managers. They must take the first step. If they don’t lead by example no one else will follow the path and the culture will not grow.
It’s crucial for leaders to lead the change. It’s one thing to create what you want the culture to look like, but it’s another to act it out. Action is key! Leaders must take action and show others ‘how’ to do it. You, as a leader can help transform any culture if you lay the path for what you want to change and then taking the first step to make it happen. The more you model the desired culture, the more your culture becomes what you intend it to be. Lead the culture(actions), change the culture(actions).