Articol de: Constantin Măgdălina, Emerging Trends & Technologies Expert
The vision of a business leader is the expression of what the company is not and the leader wants it to become. The key is the sustained effort to change the way the company performs. Thus, we say that a leader is even more visionary as the discrepancy between the current reality and the vision of the future reality is greater. However, we are not accustomed to experiencing large discrepancies over long periods of time. „McDonaldisation” of the society imposes fast rhythms and standardised expectations. The change must be rapid and its results visible and predictable.
Studies conducted by global consulting companies show that 77% of organizations say they have a lack of leadership skills at the moment and 56% of them do not have the capacity to increase these skills in their leadership teams. On the other hand, only 27% of leaders know how to transform the organizational culture of the company.
Changing the organizational culture is an act of courage
Let’s take the example of a company where the leader aims to change the organizational culture. From the very beginning, the reality of the old culture is overwhelming. The seed of change that the leader sows does not seem to take roots and looks like another failed initiative. The vision does not seem to meet expectations. What the leader has expressed must immediately lead to results. Taking actions means courage.
The reconciliation between the projected and the actual reality is very difficult to achieve. On one hand, there is a risk of compromising the expressed vision when new reality does not occur in a short time. On the other hand, there is the temptation to take action straightaway, to promise that the new reality is around the corner and not to do much. The ability to keep up with key challenges along with genuine communication within the company is the solution to this dilemma.