How to Encourage Behavioral Leadership

For companies looking to change their cultures, behavioral leadership can mean the difference between success and failure. Behavioral leaders define culture as "a pattern of behavior that is encouraged or discouraged by people and systems over time."

Steps

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    Commit to making changes. Culture change must be a top priority.
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    Instead of trying to make sweeping changes all at once, do pilot projects to fine tune processes.
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    Allow for some local flexibility when making changes across large organizations. This should be defined and communicated.
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    Understand that change should begin with leaders at the top and then work down from there.
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    Behave consistently over time, if you are a manager. Managers must align their behaviors with their employees and each other.
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    Establish metrics that motivate. Tracking progress can help in coaching discussions and be a source of pride for employees.
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    Use symbols (such as trophies, titles, logos, etc.) and more informal processes. Also, inspire new behaviors using creativity and fun.
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    Identify employees who are impeding the desired culture and ask them to leave, no matter what level they are.
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    Understand that environments are always changing, and organizations should be striving for continuous improvement.

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