Culture of the Leadership in an Organisation

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    Bianca Stafford

    To what extend do you think that the leadership alone, in an organisation can affect the culture of the entire organisation?


    Ashley Sekeres

    I think the right leadership that live the company’s values can change an entire organization. How can we find the right leaders?


    Ingrid Holbik

    Hello Bianca

    You raise an interesting topic. I think the answer depends largely on the size of the organization and the size of the person. Certain large companies like Apple and Steve Jobs and Virgin and Mr. Branson come to mind. Those companies and leaders come to mind as a pair when we think of them. They are large personalities who have had a tremendous impact on the organization. Then there are companies like Coca-Cola and BP Energy where maybe the leader has an impact but not an overarching impact. On the other side, in private companies, the leader has a direct impact on the culture.

    This particular link in person and culture shows the necessity for further investigation and potentially due diligence in order to properly plan and execute a meaningful integration plan.


    Melissa Mason

    I think employees take their cues from the leadership team. If they see the leaders living the mission and values of the company they are more likely to follow this example.


    In my opinion, The leadership and culture of the organization go hand in hand. Though culture is the collective programming of the mind, it stems from the leadership of the founders of the organization.

    Their business priorities set the tone of the work style and eventually translates as the work culture.


    Paul Gray, MBA

    There is an old saying that “behavior is a function of leadership” which if you examine and test it will find that it is true even in our personal lives. If as parents we do not set the right tone and examples, out children will take their cues from us and resulting behavioral environment becomes our “default family culture” which our neighbors and friends will know us for.

    The same is true for businesses.

    Employees joining an organization, will eventually be conditioned according to the vision, mission and values in action by leadership, and not necessarily the written documents they generally received at orientation/onboarding. In an organization you will have what is known as “espoused culture” and “culture in action”. It is the latter that is most dominant in any organization (be it for profit or not) and will make, break or define success for many organization. Consequently, tweaking and enforcing the appropriate behaviors in management will permeate throughout the organization. Of course this assumes that enforcing translates to a culture of accountability.



    The leaders set the tone for what the culture is. And this can be informal leaders as well. It is best to ensure these leadership people display the culture you want at the organization or it can lead to a toxic environment.


    holly firestine

    Completely agree with others – the leadership will absolutely influence what the culture is within the company and the behaviors that reside within the organization. While you can set policies, create values, etc, unless the leaders are role modeling the desired behaviors and upholding the values of the organization, there will be culture erosion and a feeling of a lack of authenticity in what we say we are vs. how we really are in reality. The executive team has to be healthy and in sync otherwise the toxicity from the executive team will begin to cascade into the depths of the organization.


    Bradley D. Soto

    An organization’s leadership sets the “tone” and “pace” for the entire workforce by example (through both actions taken and inaction by the management). How leadership performs the business of running the company defines the culture – which is simply “how” work customarily gets done in a company.


    Connie Howe

    The leadership team plays a critical role in corporate culture. Directors and senior management are responsible for setting the tone from the top which is important in aligning a company’s stated values with its demonstrated behaviours. They are responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of systems and processes which facilitate an ethical culture.


    Rubhen Jeya

    Leadership traits and personality flows down to management and finally to the junior staff. This is every thing. Depending on the organisation, few layers are sheltered from any negative leadership traits by the layers of management above. However, in the long run leadership culture permeates the whole organisation.


    Sonia Shah

    Much to the agreement of the above posts, my view is that Leaders have a tremendous impact on company culture. They set the agenda, prioritize work, manage, lead, and delegate. Strong leaders provide a sense of vision, purpose, mentorship, and inspiration to those they lead. Today’s diverse workforce is reshaping what it means to achieve personal and professional success.

    I think top down communication is of the utmost importance when instilling a strong and effective culture – and often times as organization grow, communication can become weaker. Thoughts on how to improve that?

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