Every organization has a culture that sets not only the vision, mission, and goals, but also pace and tone. These dynamics define not only the bottom line of productivity, but also the interpersonal dynamics across the entire organization. And the organizational culture is set by its leader.
The tyrant creates a fear-based work environment where he keeps everyone on their tiptoes and worried about their job security. Most people try to avoid the wrath of the leader by keeping their heads down and doing what they are told. It stifles creativity and initiative. High capacity individuals don’t last long in this environment.
The arrogant leader creates a non-learning organization. Enough success in one area becomes a reason to become the expert in every area. In this setting people talk more than they listen. Disaster is just around the corner, however.
The passive leader creates chaos. Leaders who avoid confrontation usually allow those with the strongest personalities within the organization to bully and intimidate others into getting their agenda accomplished. This leads to a culture where you have to be able to fight your way into getting things done. The survival-of-the-fittest work place eats and spits out those who enjoy collaboration and team work. It’s a jungle there and you better strike first and hard or else you are done.
What other types of cultures have you seen?