Having a great leadership culture translates into having a happy high-performance workforce. We believe that a company is only as good as its people, so having a solid productive culture is important. An underlying component of building a leadership culture is to determine the various talents that each person brings to the company and making certain that those talents are aligned with the work being done. It’s about playing to strengths and addressing weaknesses in the most productive and efficient way possible. It’s about giving members of your workforce the tools to succeed. Everyone has the power to influence and motivate others, and in a leadership culture these traits are essential. In a leadership culture, everyone is a part of a team with each individual knowing their strengths and those of the team so that they can perform the best job possible and achieve success.
Are there any words of wisdom that we can offer? Perhaps. For the past six years or so, our business consulting practice has gone to the dogs, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love what we do and the particular way in which we approach our work with organizations. I decided to co-author a book with my canine companion, Great Dane, Beretta, to share what we have learned from this particular “breed” of consulting.
We believe that by understanding the background of Beretta’s life and therapy dog training, his story and his natural intelligence will provide inspiration for other leaders to follow suit, thereby changing–and even revolutionizing–their respective work environments. Beretta continually amazes us with his wisdom, emotional support for others, and gentle demeanor. Truly, he has enhanced my ability to work with business clients and design solutions for even the most complex organizational issues. Seeing the world through Beretta’s eyes has enabled me to devise simple, straightforward approaches to creating a leadership culture where respect, trust and teamwork are integral parts of the equation.
Here’s an excerpt from Leadership Unleashed: A Great Dane’s Wisdom for the Business World.
“This book is titled Leadership Unleashed because we are getting at the heart of human inter-relationships. How people act and communicate with one another will make or break an organization, and it is up to the leader or leaders of the organization to monitor this. I am well aware that each individual is created with a unique set of skills, talents and abilities. Over time and with practice, these attributes are honed, which means that truly we need to enable our employees to utilize what they bring to the table in the best way they know how. The bottom line is this: We need to unleash them to perform at their best using whatever skills, talents and abilities they possess. We ought to untether them from being micro-managed to trusting them and their judgments, and supporting them if and when mistakes are made. This is what “unleashing leadership” is all about. It’s building a workforce environment in which members of the organization look forward to coming to work, supporting one another for a cause they believe in. It’s about flourishing and prospering all for the great good of the community in which the organization lives and simultaneously inspiring those who call this workplace their own.”
Building a great leadership culture is a rewarding experience for any individual working within an organization. To look forward to arriving at work; to enjoy sharing the challenges of completing a project as a team; to know that the company has a bright future. And to think, that much of the advice I share started with my partnership with Beretta.
Fetch yourself a copy of Leadership Unleashed today! Even if you execute only one of the concepts in this book, your organization will be transformed! Order Leadership Unleashed here:
Download Our Wise Dog Can Help You Build a Great Leadership Culture as a pdf.