Leaders and Organizational Culture

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Organizational culture is basically the personality of a company. Culture is comprised of the assumptions, values, norms and tangible signs (artifacts) of organization members and his or her behaviors (McNamara, 1997). The personality of a company is what keeps the company or organization going. Depending on the type of leadership will determine whether the organizations culture is well-off or failing. There are different types of culture just like personalities such as; Sports, Clubs, Academy's, and many others. If a leader is unable to adjust to the organizational culture they are in than there is no need for that leader; therefore, causing the organization disaster. When managing a company it is very important to know the culture of the company. Organizational change must include not only changing structures and processes, but also changing the corporate culture as well (McNamara).

Leaders come in many varieties, and leaders need to be utilized in all levels of an organization.

It is not always a good idea to take on the same leadership abilities as other leaders due to lacking information in one or more areas. Individuals want help from his or her leader in achieving goals. Leaders serve people best when they help them develop their own initiative and good judgment enabling them to grow, and help them become better contributors (Bateman & Snell, 2006, 394).

Leader Traits

One recommendation to be made in order to maintain a healthy organization is the way leaders conduct themselves or the traits he or she possess. A leader is not born overnight. Often it takes time for an individual to become a leader, and even after becoming a leader there is more to learn in order to become an effective leader. Leading by example is a powerful method in leaders. Leaders must possess...