Leaders have the ability to influence the behavior of employees in an organization. Therefore, the manner in which behavior, thoughts, and actions are modified and influenced creates the ultimate culture within the organization. Therefore, this paper acknowledges the need for quality leadership as well as the adoption of ethical standards and behavior in leading an organization as it will have a subsequent effect on the culture of an organization.
This term paper is a reflection of knowledge on leadership theories and all matters leadership as well as the relationship between these and organizational culture. The paper focuses on the leadership skills and characteristics that are needed in creation of a productive organizational culture, as well as he leadership styles promoting successful organizational culture. In addition, the paper focuses on organizational culture as well as how leadership responds to certain situations, especially in regards to how leadership may promote ethics as well as a successful culture in a healthy organization. The paper utilizes secondary resources in its discussion.
The leadership skills discussed as influencing positive behavior and creating a productive organizational culture are such as authentic leadership, transformational leadership, and ethical leadership: coupled with autonomy of the leader.
In essence, organizations should be seen...
as machines rather than mere machinery, and managing these organizations should also be considered as a social process as much as it is considered to be a technical process. Therefore, effective leadership should focus on the successful design of the most appropriate development programs in an organization, which de-end on the understanding of the executive as well as sensitivity to positive organizational culture. The leadership function of management in an organization plays a vital role in and powerful one in driving an organization towards positive and healthy organizational culture. Concisely, organizations that are set for success need to have an organizational culture that enables change within the organization as well as a high level of trust and commitment to innovation.
In addition, an ethics culture is essential, which should factor in development of a high degree of transparency and trust within an organization. It is critical for leaders within an organization to address any apparent disparities between their current organizational culture and what is supposed to be a productive culture or the organization. Leaders need to identify a great understanding that they have a great impact as leaders in enhancing a productive organizational culture, determine the necessary processes and incentives to make towards creating such a culture, and taking action plans that are needed in creation of a healthy organizational culture.
According to Lowe (2011), for a leader to be considered as an effective leader in the job, one must have the ability to influence the people he/ she is leading by using his/ her authority in a manner that makes it possible for the manager to achieve the desired objectives and the set goals as well as the desired productive organizational culture. There are different kinds of leadership styles, all which have an impact on the organization and the effectiveness
of the current culture. In instances where a leader possesses poor leadership qualities and skills, the productivity of the employees is most likely to be low or decrease with time, which will ultimately result to the overall poor performance in an organization (Clodi & Schuttler, 2013). This analysis will illustrate leadership styles that are essential in creating a productive culture under the leadership of a manager who uses those styles and skills.
Organizational culture is highly influenced by the leadership styles adopted by management, whose consequent impact is on the performance and ultimately on the productivity of a company or an organization (Burns, 2012). Organizational culture is very important since it determines whether the environment is conducive for workers to work effectively. When communicating the ethos and promoting ethos of an organization to employees, it is essential to ensure they accept and acknowledge what has been preached to them since it influences not only their behaviors and attitudes, but also their job. When there is good communication and relationship between leadership and the employees, the employees will make great contribution to collaboration and team work and they will be more encouraged to accomplish the mission of the organization and accomplish the assigned objectives. This translates to enhanced job satisfaction and a more productive workforce: and ultimately a profitable organization (Sadler, 2013).
Leadership Styles to Drive a Productive Culture
The characters of leaders determine their leadership styles in most cases, and leadership characteristics and styles differ and can be used single handedly depending on the leader, or on integration if different situations allow (Sadler, 2013). Over the course, I have come across and learnt of different leadership styles that can be effectively used in creating and developing a productive organizational culture for the benefit of the organization.
One of the leadership styles is authentic leadership. Authentic leadership style is whereby the honesty and personal attributes of a leader have the ability to inspire the employees and other workers in the organization (George, 2003; Schein, 2010). Leaders who apply this kind of leadership style seem to care more about their relationships and work relations as well as at a personal level with other people at the organization to promote healthy working conditions more than they care about their stature and position as a leader: their major interest is on helping and inspiring others. In this kind of organization, leaders inspire other employees to improve their performance and adopt a more productive culture. The main characteristic of this leadership style is that it unifies people under a common objective and motivates them collectively towards achieving better.
Other related characteristics with this kind of leadership style are that leaders lead with a heart as much as they lead with their brains. Leaders love the job they do, and they care about other people they work with towards realizing goals and the organization’s vision. Therefore, leaders balance things to ensure everything works out just fine. Authentic leaders also practice their personal values on the job, especially since they possess values such as integrity and honesty, which is apparent in their actions as well as in their words. George (2003)