Ken Blanchard speaks on transformational leadership. As an organization face the urgency for change to remain competitive, they generally cut costs, develop new products, become more efficient or improve quality. This often compels to transform as well. With 72% of change programs failing, the culture will likely go unscathed as belief systems are more difficult to change than policies. However, because a new way of doing things requires a new way of thinking, especially from the leaders and organization the initiative will have merely minuscule results if any.
Leaders must lean heavily on the values of the organization to drive performance, especially during times of change. An organization's values should be the bedrock of why the company exists, how it makes decisions and its true purpose. They must be authentic and relatively specific, so they resonate with the team. But, alas, beyond the rhetoric how are values communicated to employees? Are said values internalized by leaders and managers when things become difficult? Are values and ethics merely, situational?
So, what is values-based leadership? Essentially, this just means leading the team and evaluating performance - both your own and the team's - based more so on the organization's set of values rather than specific metrics and milestones. Speaking frankly, most organizations have a mission statement and values clinging to their walls. While treating employees and customers as though none exist.
Employees see a different set of values than those assuaged by leaders of organization whose aims are to increase revenue not legacy. Can the two coexist?
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Jim Woods is President and co-founder of Woods Kovalova Group. He has a master’s degree in organizational development and human resources. Mr. Woods has been a university professor where he taught productivity, organization, management practices, and leadership. Learn more about corporate training.