Ask the Expert
Fiona Kerr is an Associate of Stepping Out with eight years of experience as a CEO of an advocacy charity.
What is good organisational culture and how do you achieve it?
I read a quote years ago, which was: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." â€“ Confucius. It resonated instantaneously and made me quickly realise that I have to know that whatever I am doing in my career I am still learning and I am making a difference.
This leads me to think that for an organisational culture to be good, ideally everyone has a job they love and that they enjoy.
Leaders have a tremendously important role where every single day they influence and can determine their organisationâ€™s culture. Additionally everyone in an organisation can embrace and enhance their organisationâ€™s culture too. It is therefore important that people are encouraged and enabled to develop and reflect so they understand their own values, drivers and strengths and can apply them to embracing and contributing positively to an organisationâ€™s culture.
On reflection I have seen that the most successful, engaging, participative and innovative cultures are demonstrably and visibly led by people who enjoy sharing their values, ethos and ambitions with all those involved with the organisation. I have seen that such leaders clearly convey their vision, energy, motivation and ambition. They must confidently lead everyone through the tough times while also celebrating individual and organisational achievements and success.
The most successful organisations, and those that are the most attractive to high calibre employees, appear to be those where their leaders create and nurture a clear culture that is easily communicated and understood, which can be embraced and is engaging for everyone. This ensures an organisation is what it says on the tin so satisfaction is high and success is enduring.
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