For those that hold a leadership position, creating an environment in which the people in your charge feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves is your responsibility as a leader. The culture starts with your lead. If there is no culture or the vision is floundering take from that what you may. Do your employees and those you work with get your vision and strive to be like you? Or do the people you work with have a tolerant attitude that they can’t stand you, but there is nothing they can do about it so they continue with the drudgery of the job for a paycheck.
The key to successful leadership is influence, not authoritarianism.
For those who work for an organization that does not leave you feeling inspired at the beginning and end of each day, you must become the leader you wish you had. You must become the inspiration for a better culture.
This is a slightly modified line of thought from a paragraph I read in the book Find Your Why, by Simon Sinek. It wan’t talking about culture pur-se , but rather effective leadership. What stuck out more than anything was the trickle down effect of the feeling of being part of something that is bigger and the feeling of a unified vision coming from the top. Creating a culture (to be cliche) can be the driving force behind a torrent of actionable creative and passionate business opportunities that lead to growth.
Adversely, absence of culture or effective leadership from the top, no matter the level of pure employed talent, will lead to stagnation and stalled productivity.
My takeaway is this: What inspires me is why I do the things I am passionate about. If I am not passionate, I probably have no inspiration or vision. If no vision is offered by a leader, then I will course correct and become my own leader so that I may create my own vision that I might re-kindle my inspiration and become passionate about the things I do again. Then as a leader, I will inspire others around me with a vision that they can be passionate about. Rinse-wash. Repeat.