“Culture is the heart of whether you’re going to get to where you want to go.” -Seth Godin
The Leadership Workshop continues! I’ve been making slight adjustments to the blog, and I’m having a lot of fun seeing it unfold.
Today was Lecture 5, a video about creating culture as a leader. I hadn’t given culture much thought, other than thinking companies with unique culture sounded awesome to work for (Amazon, Google, etc).
This lecture addressed culture from a moral perspective, and it got me thinking about the kind of culture I want to create in this community.
Here are my Qs&As for this lesson.
- What does it mean to do the right thing even when there’s a popular shortcut?
It means that you have a solid definition of what’s right for you. You’re clear on your “why”, and you have the courage to stand for it, even if it means that it takes longer or that you have to stand alone.
- Consider the journey that you and your team are on. Do the ends justify the means? Which means? What’s right and where do you draw the line? Does everyone in your culture draw the line in the same place?
I’m on a few teams right now. The first that comes to mind is my church team, a group of 5 women leaders and about 15 teenage girls. We’re responsible for helping the girls grow in gospel knowledge & testimony, confidence, leadership skills, and relationships with their families. It’s challenging, but we work well together as leaders. Our ultimate goal is to help each girl understand her worth and feel the love of God in her life. The temptation is to look at the group of girls as a whole and deliver generic lessons that are watered down and apply vaguely to everyone. But, because each girl is at a different point in her journey (and each comes from a different family background), the right thing for our group is to take the time to get to know each girl and understand her individual needs and goals so we can custom-tailor our teaching. Every team member understands this, and – while challenging – it’s showing us the benefit of doing things the “right way”. It takes a lot of time and energy but we trust that doing it this way will help us be more successful in the long run.
- What sort of control are you willing to give up to get closer to your goal?
This one’s been a hard one for me because I don’t love giving up control. However, I’ve found that I am better able to serve when I share control and more minor decision making with my fellow leaders instead of trying to hold everything by myself. Sometimes it works best for me to step back and listen and I’m learning to be okay with that.