It May be Time to Tweak Your Leadership Style
A CEO’s personality trickles down through an organization
A report on some new leadership research out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business ends on a sobering note.
"Even though CEOs are aware of culture," said Stanford GSB professor Charles O’Reilly. "The vast majority of them are not particularly good at managing culture."
Culture eats strategy for breakfast, the cliche goes, and culture apparently never goes hungry: According to a survey O’Reilly conducted, 92 percent of 1,300 executives said “improving their firm’s culture would increase its value.” The implication is that the culture needs improvement, and O’Reilly points to some notable examples of companies that have had dysfunctional, narcissistic leadership, like Theranos and Uber. But you do not need to be a catastrophically poor leader to have culture issues.
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