The Culture of a Company

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Because there are no two organizational cultures alike, there are no prototypes on how to lead them from one organization to another. This means that in order to lead properly one must adapt to the situation before him/her. By observing how an organization works one could perform a cultural analysis. This would map out were the organization is culturally and how you could lead them to were you want them to be. Leading is essentially motivating people to what your want them to while maintaining enthusiasm. In some situation this is done more efficiently than in others. Take for instance a company that is run like a dictatorship, and orders are given from the top and little to no input is given by lower level. This situation can be demeaning to the lower level employee and in turn they are less likely to go above and beyond the call of duty.

Manipulating this organizational culture a leader can motivate his/her employees to perform at an optimal level. One way in which this situation can be manipulated is by changing how important decisions are made. By giving the employees the ability to have a say in the major decisions, they may become more empowered and perform at a higher level.

The culture of a company also develops norms with which the individuals operate. These norms are like the unspoken rules of an organization. They may include how employees? take breaks or even how often they can call in sick. As a leader you do not want your employees to resent you and you do not want them to under perform as well. So in a situation where breaks and days off are enforced laxly, a company?s employees may be happier but their production will be a lot lower. An efficient leader...