Perhaps nothing has as much impact on an organization as how well it’s led.
Leadership is not solely the responsibility of those who reside at the higher levels of the hierarchy. Instead, it’s an activity in which anyone who’s interested in the success of an organization can take part.
The culture that results from how work is carried out shapes the way members of an organization relate to each other and to the outside world. The levels of employee motivation and empowerment, and how conflict is resolved, both shape — and are a measure of — organizational cultures. Leadership must effectively manage these issues because they also affect organizational performance.
Adapted from Duke Okes and Russell T. Westcott’s Certified Quality Manager Handbook: Second Edition, ASQ Quality Press, 2001, page 3.Audiocasts: The Quality Triad: Values, Vision, and Mission