I love a team that has a strong culture of leadership. There is a maturity there, where everyone is putting others above themselves, letting go of egos, and while always looking at ways to go above and beyond to service the team, their customer, and ultimately the larger business. Leadership is for everyone regardless of title. Today we’ll dive into tips and strategies to help elevate the culture of leadership in your team.

Infuse the Values into what you do

At the heart of any leadership culture lies a set of core values that serve as the organization’s, and your team’s, compass. Leaders must articulate and embody these values, providing a foundation for decision-making and guiding the behavior of every individual within the community. Think of your Values as the shared agreement on the behaviors that each of you have. It shows your team how to do their work and lead themselves and others. If you need help understanding your personal values or how to ingrain your work values into yourself check out Living Your Values at Work (357) and Living Your Values at Home (358)

Shift the mindset of what leadership is

Leadership is not just about being in charge. It’s about building and sustaining relationships. It’s about understanding the impact of our words and actions on others. It’s about being intentional about how we show up and inspire others to achieve their goals. Does everyone on the team see themselves as a leader? Talk about leadership regularly in your talks with your team, and especially about their leadership in your shared success. As you build a culture of leadership, there is a likelihood that some don’t consider themselves leaders. Perhaps no one has ever told them that they are leaders and shown them that extra layer of respect.  Show them that a culture of leadership is inclusive of everyone. 

Promote open communication and collaboration

Communication is the lifeblood of leadership culture. Establish open channels for dialogue and encourage a culture of listening and understanding. Leaders should be approachable, and feedback should be viewed as a valuable tool for improvement. Strengthen collaboration by breaking down silos and creating opportunities for cross-functional engagement, both big and small. A culture of shared ideas and diverse perspectives breathes life into a culture of leadership.

Recognize and celebrate achievements

Acknowledging and celebrating achievements, both big and small, is a regular part of sustaining a positive leadership culture. Recognition reinforces the desired behaviors and motivates individuals to continue striving for excellence. Publicly acknowledge contributions, express gratitude, and celebrate milestones to create a culture where achievements are valued and rewarded. Recognition should highlight both the small things and the small moments of progress. You can find more tips on how to celebrate and recognize your team at Celebrate! (Show 140), Create Disney Magic with Lee Cockerell (Show 200) and Prove Me Right – Positive Reinforcement (Show 267)

Imagine a workplace where everyone is encouraged to take on leadership roles, regardless of their job title or level of experience. It doesn’t have to be a dream; this can be your reality! Embrace leadership for all, and create a space where collaboration, innovation, and creativity thrive because everyone feels empowered to contribute and make a difference.

Make a better tomorrow.