4 Ways Leaders Build Culture

Culture is the squishy stuff in an organization that leaders talk about but usually have a hard time articulating. Even more difficult is identifying clear actionable steps to build and reinforce a desired culture. Here are four steps you can begin to implement this week to start building the desired culture in your church or organization.

Step #1 Motivate

Telling stories and tying them to wins and desired behaviors give people a picture of how to behave and what to chase after.

Step #2 Train

Help your people by giving them the abilities they need to make decisions that will reflect and advance the culture you’re trying to create.

Step #3 Model

Leaders by their very nature go first. Moral authority is a part of trusted leadership. The leader needs to be able to say “join me” not just “you should.”

Step #4 Celebrate

What gets celebrated gets repeated. Churches are notorious for talking about needs and motivating people to a cause or action but never talking about the results.

What else would you add to the list? What steps have you taken to intentionally create a desired culture in your church? Leave a comment.

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2 Responses to “4 Ways Leaders Build Culture”

  1. Joe McGinnis March 20, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    The only other one I’d add is to do all of these consistently. One of the best advice Craig Jutila told me was “outlive your critics.” It’s tough, but definitely a necessity!

  2. john paha March 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    i would really love it if you would please teach more on this topic. how do i motivate, train etc

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