Recently, I had the honor of sharing the stage with three very successful and highly effective leaders. My company, Solutions 21, hosted a leadership summit and Stephen D’Angelo from dck worldwide, Dawn Fuchs from Weavertown Environmental Group, and Stu Wise from ComDoc, all gathered to share their leadership insights. Each of these folks are Presidents of their respective organizations and have spent a great deal of intentional effort on leadership.

This group was chosen to be a part of our panel discussion because each one is committed to leadership and the development of their teams. The panel did not meet prior to the event. They had a general idea of the conversation, but really had no idea what the other panelists would discuss. The whole purpose was to have a free flowing idea exchange with the audience and provide some of their insights into 21st-century leadership.

It amazed me how each of these leaders talked about their culture and how important it was to intentionally focus on building and driving their culture. They each addressed this key leadership principle without hesitation. In fact, this was one of the first, if not THE first, point each of these folks made.

No matter the size of your organization, whether you are a company of two or 200,000, a corporate culture exists. The question we often ask the leader of the organization is: “Are you driving your culture intentionally or is it developing unintentionally?”

As a leader, one of your biggest areas of focus should be identifying, defining, and intentionally driving the culture you want. Lack of intentionality will have your culture take on a life of its own and it may not be what you want.

I was very pleased, yet not surprised, that these successful leaders were aware of their role as it relates to intentionally driving their culture. They all felt this was a major part of their job as the leader.

The summit also uncovered several other very interesting conversations that I will cover in future posts.