There are many books, such as the age of unreason, Built to last: success habits of visionary companies and the innovators dilemma among more which discuss management mantras and success stories. Every successful business leader has a great story to tell. But at the end of the day, it all falls back on how leaders manage both good and bad situation on their own. A successful manager will always credit his mentor and those who have guided him towards making the right choices and approaches for his admiring growth. Leaders exhibit certain qualities to achieve success. These qualities include:
“honesty, being a good spokesmen, capable of communicating effectively, have a sense of humour, be confident, be committed and target oriented, have a positive attitude towards work and employees, offer creative ideas, be intuitive, and have an aspiring attitude” (Wilson et.al 2006).
Understanding organisational culture and their benefits
As mentioned above leadership quality includes observing and managing people working under the leadership. This makes it important to develop effective organisational cultures. Organisation work values, targets, rules, communication language, religious and cultural belief and habits must all be taken in to consideration to achieve success in developing a good organizational culture (Halowarth N.D). Organisation culture is a key ingredient towards driving a company’s employees towards working together to achieve goals and targets.
A perfect example of a company which has implemented high standards of organisational culture is Microsoft Inc. which began implementing organisation culture standards back in the 80s’ when the company was still a fledgling. Organization standards that saw employees get together in the morning and perform group exercises and moral boosting sessions. These sessions were intended to boost employees moral before starting their day. The sessions also helped reducing work strain on the employees work time. Today the company is reaping major benefits from this organisational approach with its workforce (Microsoft 2013).
Links between good leadersip, organisational culture and successful organisations
Most successful companies today have good leaders that exhibit great leadership qualities behind their reigns. The leader must also carefully understand organisational culture and be able to strike a perfect balance of equality among the employees. Every employee’s feeling, culture and religion must be taken in to consideration and treated equally to achieve goals which help to increase productivity and maximize production (Mapadimeng 2006). Equality among the employees helps boost productivity. Religion and cultural issues in an organization impacts the interactions between the employees, which makes it an important obstacle for the organization. Employees working as a team are more productive for a company. Thus it is profitable to invest to promote team work at the work place (Manzoor 2011).
A successful leader must be able to observe cultural and religious values linked to the organisational culture. So as to provide every employee with a task which they are able to handle and which results in increased productivity. Maintaining a balance in the organization also helps to promote equality and independence among the working staff. Each individual must be made responsible for a particular task. This helps better management and imparts sense of responsibility among the employees (Summers 2006).
Today many companies like Accenture are investing heavily on their human resource policies to establish good organisational culture (Accenture 2010). But a good leader will still need to participate regularly in the daily functioning of the organization to understand their concerns problems. It is important because a leader is considered supreme or ultimate decision making authority in the organisation and leadership has many responsibilities to be taken care of. By the manager’s active participation in the human resource functions of the organization, the manager should be able to convince the employees through his leadership qualities to trust and consult the human resource department for their concerns (Aamir et.al 2013).
Managing success through leadership
The 21st century has seen a drastic change between the relationship of leaders, managers and the workforce. Today employees are not afraid of making an approach to their leaders and in turn expect much more attention. A successful leader exhibits leadership qualities that understands all aspects of its workforce or employees, whether it is professional or personal believes in their important role towards the company productivity (Gudlaugsson 2009). Today skilled employees are more demanding and are constantly on the lookout for companies offering better opportunities and human relations. Talented employees will not hesitate to shift over companies with better work standards. Better work environs deliver less strain and more productivity from the employees (Ajala 2012). Every organisation intending to make progress and succeed must therefore consider hiring a proficient leader. The leader should be capable of managing the organisational functions by observing and offering viable work environs for the lower ranked employees.
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