Similar to any physical structure, the culture of an organization has to be built on a strong foundation. A foundation that can endure incredible amounts of change, stress, and growth- a foundation of trust. When members of an organization trust and are trusted by each other member of the organization, they will stand together even when it feels like everything else is falling apart. Not only the trust that each individual will do the right thing; the trust that each individual is looking out for the best interest of each other individual, as well as for best interest of the company.
When a solid foundation of trust is established, members of the organization are able to communicate and collaborate more effectively. They become more engaged and gain the confidence to speak up and ask questions. Knowing that they are in a safe environment, members are more willing to both give and receive open and honest feedback without the fear of rejection and/or retaliation.
Effective communication and collaboration helps team members to gain a deeper understanding of their roles and responsibilities within the organization. They know exactly which tasks need to be completed, how to effectively complete those tasks, and the importance of their areas of responsibility. Each team member has a clear picture of how they actively help the organization continue to grow and to thrive.
With roles and responsibilities clearly defined, team members commit to the goals and vision of the organization. They become self-motivated, and their actions become more focused. At this level of focused action, team members hold themselves accountable for their own levels of productivity, and ultimately their own success.
It’s only when an organization has a strong foundation of trust that its members attain the level of communication required to truly define their roles and responsibilities, and to commit to them. That commitment is what motivates team members to take focused action and hold themselves accountable. It’s this personal accountability that ultimately drives sustainable results within an organization. By aligning these performance behaviors, a culture of leadership will surely be born.
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