A leadership culture is an organizational culture that identifies, screens for, hires, and continuously develops leaders. Leadership is a common language spoken on a daily basis. It provides a forum for effective communication, and intentional growth. In a culture that is made up of leaders, everyone knows that organizational growth and individual growth are interdependent. It is held as a core focus. The people in a leadership culture are selected more for their abilities to lead and learn over their expertise.
To be selected into a leadership culture, you must already possess the morals and values required to be a leader. Those core values are in alignment with the values of the organization that is selecting you. You share a common ground with the organization asking you to join their ranks, and that organization sees your unlimited potential and your ability to adapt and learn. That organization selects people who can accomplish objectives when their direct supervision is absent; people who do not fear making decisions and do not fear failure, because that organization understands that the value of learning from mistakes and failure is the path to success and growth.
You may be asking yourself already: Does a culture like this even exist? and if so, where? I will tell you yes it does, and I have lived within one. The leadership culture I was privileged to experience is the United States Marine Corps. No other organization in the world has mastered how to build a culture of leaders like how the Marine Corps has.
You might be saying that no one can replicate the culture of the United States Marine Corps. I am telling you that you can. I am not saying to implement boot camp with drill instructors. What I am saying is that there is a basic framework, a method, and a concept that can be taken from what the Marine Corps does and applied in any organization. I have dissected, studied, and identified the key elements and concepts that make up the leadership culture of the United States Marine Corps.
This book will help guide leaders of organizations who desire to build their own leadership culture. You will find that the elements of a leadership culture are not complicated, or well kept secrets. The challenge resides in the commitment to putting them together and building it, because commitment is the mortar that holds the blocks together and makes a leadership culture stronger. This book will arm you with the clarity of what the building blocks are for building a leadership culture. Mixing and applying the mortar is on you.
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