The core requirement for developing cultural capital is the right kind of conscious leadership. Leaders need to combine resilience and emotional capacity to continuously improve themselves as they continuously improve their organization. They make the change story personal by offering compelling reasons for change and engaging others. They model the desired behaviors and values and by so doing, the capacity for personal transformation. Attention and investment are made at the top of the organization to create a leadership team whose members are aligned and trust each other. Leaders are the number one champion of the change efforts and are seen involving themselves personally in the change.
Values-driven conscious leaders empower the organization to shift from “me” to “we”, and create cultural capital that is good for all. They provide direction and a concrete inspiring vision of the future that gives everyone a common sense of meaning and purpose. They are facilitative leaders who engage employees in dialogue, empowering them to voice ideas, experience, and knowledge. They create cooperative, collaborative relationships based on trust. Building commitment and with shared goals and values encourages people to work for a common cause. With respect and honesty, they model open communication and ensure staff have the necessary skills to achieve results.
Through cooperative collaboration and continuous learning, individuals perform higher and as a result the whole team and organization performs better. This collective action creates cultural capital that is good for all.
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With 30 years in business transformation working with organizations, Joanna’s passion lies in working with leaders, facilitating active participation in organizational change, developing resourceful teams and aligning strategic objectives. Her goal is to help organizations become high performing and values-driven, where people take ownership, build commitment and bridge communication gaps. As CEO of the Culture Leadership Group, she ensures successful transformation from concept through to implementation.