Culture Leadership Charge – Why Leaders Do What They Do

Why do leaders behave as they do? I believe that leaders’ plans, decisions, and actions are heavily influenced by three things: their social style or personality type, the culture in which they operate, and their role models (past and present).

Each of these three are powerful, yet leaders may not be completely aware of how those three influences drive their leadership behavior.

To increase our effectiveness, all of us (whether we’re formal leaders or informal leaders) must be constantly aware of our impact on others. Some of these influences might help us serve amazingly well at times and amazingly poorly at other times!

Effective leaders examine their daily “influencing” behaviors and quash those behaviors that dismiss, demean, or discount others – and embrace those behaviors that help them serve others, exceed shared goals, and live desired values.

In today’s episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I discuss these three primary drivers of leader behavior and specify the one thing leaders must do to improve their service to others.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) segments that describe proven culture leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

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Culture Leadership Charge – Don’t Tolerate Bad Behaviors

Leaders must champion their desired culture, every day. To create and maintain a work environment where everyone is treated with trust, respect, and dignity in every interaction, leaders must model those behaviors as well as ensure others model those behaviors.

The problem in many organizations around the globe is that leaders pay attention only to results and profits. They don’t notice when people behave badly while pursuing results and profits.

Left to our own foibles, we humans don’t behave well as a species in the work place. We engage in politics and gossip. We withhold information so others don’t perform as well as we do. We celebrate our own traction while eroding the traction – and confidence – of others.

Those bad behaviors inhibit engagement, consistent performance, proactive problem solving, and serving customers well.

Those bad behaviors tear people down rather than building them UP. Bad behavior erodes positive relationships.

Great leaders don’t tolerate bad behavior.

In today’s episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I share the importance of setting high standards for performance and for relationships – and I outline a proven approach for ensuring desired behaviors occur daily.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) segments that describe proven culture leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my my YouTube channel and my my Vimeo channel. If you like what you see, please follow me there.

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Culture Leadership Charge – Make Values as Important as Results

Do you pay attention to how your organization is operating as well as how it’s performing?

Most leaders focus exclusively on results. Whether the culture is harmonious or chaotic, leaders only “see” that which has meaning to them, which is typically revenues, product out the door, sales, etc. The problem with that approach is that culture drives everything that happens in your organization – for better or worse.

Managing results is a good thing. Generating revenues, delivering on promised results, and more helps you hire talented players, delight customers, and invest in the business for the future. And, managing and measuring results is exactly half the leader’s job.

The other half? Managing and measuring values and behaviors – the quality of workplace interactions every day.

In today’s episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I share how focusing exclusively on results costs leaders time, energy, engagement, service, and results. And, I share how to fix it.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) segments that describe proven culture leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my my Vimeo channel. If you like what you see, please follow me there.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Culture Leadership Charge – The “Managing by Announcements” Fallacy

How well are new policies and procedures embraced in your organization? If you’re like most companies, it all depends on how well – and how quickly – those new expectations are embedded as practices.

It doesn’t matter what the change is – it could be a new software system or a new purpose statement. What matters is what happens after the change is announced. Yet most leaders operate under the faulty assumption that telling people what is expected ensures alignment to the change.

This fallacy is known as “managing by announcements,” where leaders announce the details of a change, then expect that all players will immediately embrace the new expectations.

In today’s episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I share how leaders can increase the success of new processes or procedures by embedding them, reinforcing them, and celebrating them – not just announcing them.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) segments that describe proven culture leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my my Vimeo channel. If you like what you see, please follow me there.

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The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2016 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Culture Leadership Charge – Listen with Your Eyes

I love watching people. At airport terminals, malls, restaurants, sporting events – people are deeply involved in being who they are and doing what they do. By watching, I’m “invited in” to their world, what they value, how they deal with difficulties or joy, etc.

At work, it’s the same. People are deeply involved in being who they are and doing what they do. Most leaders pay attention to results – but effective bosses pay greater attention to relationships, support, cooperation, teamwork, and kindness.

In today’s episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I share former professional football player & head coach Herm Edwards‘ insights on effective coaches: they “listen with their eyes.” Edwards says that unless coaches are paying attention to which players are investing time and effort in the team’s success, they’ll make faulty assumptions and bad decisions.

Leaders make those same mistakes.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) segments that describe proven culture leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my my Vimeo channel. If you like what you see, please follow me there.

Don't miss @scedmonds #Culture #Leadership #Charge video series now on @Vimeo http://drtc.me/vimeo Click To Tweet

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How did your great bosses keep tabs on players’ day to day interactions? How did they hold everyone accountable for both results and respectful treatment of others? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Chris’ new “Culture Leadership Charge” series and the rest of his video clips can be found on YouTube. Subscribe to Chris’ YouTube channel.


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itunes_subscribeListen to or subscribe to over 300 of Chris’ Culture Leadership Podcasts on iTunes.


The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2016 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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