Leaders are always seeking new insights into the art and science of influencing others toward a common purpose. One of the most valuable resources for leaders looking to grow and develop their core competencies is found inside great books on the topic of leadership.
Leadership has the power to influence culture and plays a critical role in the sustained success of an organization. Good leaders have the ability to create a positive culture and optimally motivate their people, while poor leadership drains motivational outlooks and can poison a culture. It’s important to keep in mind that leadership’s impact on cultivating culture gives companies a competitive advantage over other organizations. Today’s modern organizations can not afford to ignore the influence of leadership has on organizational culture. Great companies intentionally invest in leadership development as a viable business strategy and a means to creating a healthy and engaged culture.
Your organization’s greatest asset is its employees, who make up the mindshare, and knowledge base to serve your current and future customers. But how do you measure that asset?
According to Gallup’s 2018 survey, 53% of workers would place themselves in the "not engaged" category, meaning they may be generally satisfied but are not cognitively and emotionally connected to their work and workplace. While these employees may still be executing their duties, they’re likely not performing to the best of their ability and certainly not making a significant contribution to the purpose and culture of the organization.
“When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren't the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.”
— Arsene Wenger
Earlier this year, The Golden State Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr, became one of the only coaches in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history to coach 5 All-Stars from the previous season, during a professional basketball game. However, even with those 5 All-Stars playing consistently every game for the past month and a half, the two-time defending NBA champions are struggling, and Steve Kerr is concerned about his team heading into the playoffs next month.
“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Dr. Don Meyer, in a Huffington Post article entitled, So Near, and Yet, So Far chronicled the heroic story of Florence Chadwick, and American Swimmer who attempted to become the first woman to swim across the Catalina Channel, a 21 mile journey off the coast of California, between Catalina Island and Palos Verde, California.
Last month, our culture celebrated Valentine’s Day. I was struck by how busy the local flower stand was on my way home from work that Tuesday evening. It’s no surprise many people (mostly men) were scrambling, last minute to pick up a token of love for their significant other. Truth be told, I decided to pull in and join the masses, by picking up a few gifts for some of the special people in my life. As I shuffled my way around the maze of flowers, bumping into other desperate souls, I thought to myself, what makes this day so special? Why do we celebrate love this one day a year? How do we continually keep the passion alive for the things that we care about the most in our lives?
“Life is Difficult.” proclaimed best selling author, Scott Peck, in the opening line of his book, The Road Less Traveled. This concise statement, sums up the great journey of life, with simplicity and truth. In fact, any worthy journey is filled with setbacks, challenges, questions and doubts — particularly if you have a specific destination in mind. The great opportunity we have in this human experience is to confront these challenges with an authentic investigation of our ability to press on toward the prize, and our energy to continue on in the pursuit of our desired destination.
Spend any time with a child under 7 years of age and you are certain to experience the wonders and newness of life. The one fundamental truth about children, and all human beings who seek new challenges is that we are naturally curious about the world and the activities we engage in.