If you are a leader, one of the things you must always think about is culture. The culture of your church or business. The culture of your staff and team.
The problem with culture, though, is that it isn’t always written on the wall. As one author put it, What You Do Is Who You Are. Which means you are continually building culture.
You are creating it through your interactions, personally and in meetings. You are creating it through how you spend your money and time. You are creating it through how people work in meetings. You are building it through how you handle your own emotions. You are creating it through whether or not you burn out or if you are healthy.
While culture is a squishy thing, a leader must pay attention to it because if you aren’t, your culture will get away from you.
The reason is: Whatever culture you create at work, people will emulate.
If you look around and see dishonest, burned out, or backstabbing people. That’s the leadership and culture.
If they’re honest, balanced, and humble, that’s leadership and culture.
If the marriages in your church are falling apart, that’s leadership and culture.
Those closest to the leader emulate the leader and his or her life and pass those things on. Yes, people make decisions along the way, and a leader isn’t responsible for everyone’s personal choices, but the reality is that a leader shows what makes someone successful or what is allowed.
For example, very quickly in a new job, you learn what it means to be successful somewhere. Can you be late on things? Who holds the real power at a church (hint: it isn’t always the person with the title)? How do things get done?
All of this goes back to culture.
That’s why Henry Cloud famously said: “A leader gets what he or she created or allows.”
Culture will end up determining if you are successful in reaching your goals. But it will also determine where you end up as a leader or a church.
And this is the most important reason to pay attention to it. Because you may not like where you end up, you may not like the church you become.
Written by Josh Reich
Article taken from here.