I often tell people that before I launched my own business, on most Sunday evenings, I dreaded the thought of going to work on Monday morning. Literally, half of Sunday, a day off, was spent with anxiety about going back to work on Monday. I am amazed at how many people tell me that they experience similar anxiety each weekend about returning to work.
One of the most important roles of a senior leader is certainly to create a culture that ensures the organization is able to deliver what the business needs when it needs it. To create an effective culture, a leader must understand that he or she is the chief architect of the organizational culture. Everything the leader does, from what he or she says, how meetings are conducted, what reports are requested, and how decisions are made, all collectively create culture.