I came across an interesting quotation by leadership author, Shawn Murphy. His quote is very simple, yet succinct. Let me share it here. “Culture is how things get done around an organisation. Climate is what it feels like to work somewhere.”
So here are a couple of questions to think about:
Questions about your team culture
• As a manager, how would you describe the culture within your team and organisation?
• Is everybody aware of how their individual work contributes to the team’s success?
• Does everybody pull together to strive towards the teams weekly and monthly goals
• Is there a culture of good communication within the team?
• Are work priorities clear?
• Are people praised when work is done effectively?
• Are other departments or teams within your organisation somewhat jealous or inspired about how your team works together and cooperates to achieve its goals?
• When the manager is away, does the work continue at the same pace and consistency?
Questions about your team climate
• Do team members feel a sense of connection with their colleagues and the manager?
• Is there an air of excitement when people come together every morning?
• Does everyone in your team actually enjoy working together?
• Do you genuinely miss your team members when they are away on holidays or sick?
• Is there a positive vibe within your team department or area?
• Is working in your team make you feel happy?
If you can answer yes to most of those questions, then you’re most likely on the right track. As a leader, you’re creating a good team culture and a great team climate to work in. If you can’t answer those questions, step back and ask yourself why you don’t feel this way.
All emotional intelligent leaders start with themselves first. If your team doesn’t have the right culture or climate, it’s always a sure bet to look to the leader first.
If you feel your team does have room for improvement, my question to you is simply this; what are you doing to develop yourself and to increase your knowledge and skills in order to become an even more effective manager and leader?