What kind of culture do you intend to create as a leader? This is a pivotal question, not just for the new leader, but for all leaders to ponder. As a part of the strategizing process, it is a question that should be carefully considered.
Do you just want to let nature take its course? It’s your call.
Do you want to create a culture of collaboration and friendly competition? Great!
Do you want to ramp it up beyond that? Fine.
It is up to you to determine the course. If you do not, it could easily go in the wrong direction.
Can you accurately describe to your team why this is important to them? And to you?
What will you do to nurture that kind of culture?
Will your attitudes and actions not just reflect but model your plans?
The pilot who files a flight plan does not simply fly from point A to point B. Frequent course corrections are required to compensate for wind, weather and natural obstacles. In a large plane, a copilot and frequently a navigator assist in these corrections.
In the same way, a good leader must also consistently make course corrections with his team.
How will you make these corrections?
Do you want a culture of negativity in your organization?
Look to the pilot and his team as they navigate along their flight path.
Except in notably rare occasions, they function well as a team in keeping the plane on course. The co-pilot points out potential obstacles or weather formations that should be avoided. They assist each other in making decisions to keep on course. When the plane drifts off course, as it will, they do not berate each other; they simply identify and execute the needed corrections and get back on the intended course.
In a culture of negativity, the focus changes. The vision of the destination becomes obscured as everyone looks at what was done instead of what will be done. It is impossible to stay on course while focusing on where you’ve been.
Negativity always impedes forward progress.
Leaders, are you encouraging a negative or a positive culture?
Is a course correction needed to get you to your intended destination?
You are the pilot; take the stick.