Leaders and Organizational Culture

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Leaders and Organizational Culture

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There are many definitions of organizational culture. The most basic definition is an organization’s shared values, attitudes, beliefs, and assumptions on how members of the organization should behave which gives meaning to how the organization functions. Organizational culture should enhance performance, internal integration, and bring all staff of all levels together. For this to happen, it is the role of management to foster this type of organizational culture. In my opinion, the basic characteristics or responsibilities of leaders help to maintain a healthy organizational culture. These characteristics
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When members of the organization see this, it causes a ripple effect and thus they want to maintain the model they have seen. Continuing with this idea, integrity and consistency have the same basic principle. Mary Totten and James Orkiloff said it best in their article that integrity is about unity, wholeness, and completeness. Consistency is about establishing that connection of doing what you say, and saying what you do. If this is done in an organization, not only will staff listen and trust their leaders but vice versa. This is the key to maintaining a healthy organization. The organization I work for, Service Access & Management is a human services agency that actually relies on having a healthy organizational culture, without it the organization would not survive. Because this organization relies on all members understanding the vision and the reason we work – which is mostly being able to help people live their lives despite the developmental delays they might have – it is important that members or employees work in a healthy organizational culture. It is up to the leaders of the organization to maintain this culture. Using management as the leaders of the organization, they are encouraged to motivate their staff on a daily basis and ask for staff input to improve the daily processes. Management is asked to train their staff to the best of their ability and
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