Saturday, May 12, 2012
No matter what your leadership style, the quality of leadership matters. And much of that quality can be measured by how effective leaders are at positively influencing the organizational culture around them (see Will Your Culture Eat Your Strategy For Lunch? all members). I recently explored three important leadership characteristics for positively influencing the culture of health and human resource organizations in my briefing Are You An Extraordinary Boss? all members. Here are a couple of the great responses I received about these important issues:
Devereux Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical & Professional Affairs, Marilyn B. Benoit, M.D. wrote:
I am totally committed to the concept of servant leadership. It is the manner in which I have prospered as a leader in several settings and organizations. My philosophy is to light a fire with a vision that is shared, then provide the setting and resources for the team members to do their work. Competent people embrace that type of leadership and are motivated to do their very best! That is what energizes me as a leader to try to move mountains for my team members.
A former CEO and current Resource Director for South Central Behavioral Services, Gary W. Henrie, LCSW wrote:
I strongly agree that any boss that runs from opportunity is doomed to fail. It is all about creating a culture and attitude of being agile and flexible with a focused workforce prepared to move/adjust quickly….It takes a leader who is comfortable with change, comfortable working with competent people, and willing to empower others to decisions. Sometimes one must just embrace the chaos and let the team do what needs to be done.
Leadership as staff empowerment instead of authority, and flexible management in the face of chaotic change are important tools for management teams looking for the best way to keep staff motivated and improve performance (see Tools for Leadership all members).
For an additional OPEN MINDS Industry Library resource, check out A Blueprint for Strategic Leadership . Do you have a leadership system or philosophy that takes advantage of these strengths? We’re looking for case study presenters for our 2012 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Institute – so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John F. Talbot, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS
For another free resource, see: Is your leadership style a limiting factor for your organization? Do you even know your leadership style? all members
This is free for the next sixty days to all registered OPEN MINDS Circle members.