There are a number of things that point to the quality of your leadership. Often times the most common metrics people use to determine one’s leadership are usually of the operational variety. There is a concern for how successful previous projects were completed. How close to (or under) budget did these projects end? How timely was the project completed? How efficient were the tasks completed? All great questions, but they are all supported by a common substrata…culture.

There is a cyclical aspect to Engineering Atmosphere® within any organization. It begins and ends with leadership. Leadership determines culture. Culture determines engagement levels. Engagement levels determine leadership development/succession. These 3 things are inextricably linked to a successful and healthy organization. If any one of them suffers, so will the other 2. The key thing to remember is that the degree to which one of these elements suffer is exponentially magnified in the demise of the other elements. It’s not a 1 to 1 ratio.

So I have to pose a question that is good to ask yourself, “Does this culture make my leadership look phat?” For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last 20 years the word “phat” is an acronym for “pretty, hot and tempting”. Originally used in R&B and hip-hop, it typically referenced adulation of the physical characteristics of the fairer sex. Not exactly the context here, but can you honestly say that the culture in your organization is attractive, hot and tempting to others?

If you want your culture to be different, your leadership has to make it happen. Not just your leadership, but a united front on an enterprise level. It must be done with consistency, passion, integrity and authenticity. People align and engage with things that move them emotionally on some level or another. If the values that influence your culture don’t touch the emotions of others (namely leadership), your culture will limp along like some hobbled critter trying to find a place to die.

So again I ask, “Does your culture make your leadership look phat?

  • SPGonz

    Gd Post LeadershipAdvisor –

    You right on when you talk about the connection between Leadership – Culture – Engagement – all are determining factors to success. And each are dependent on each other. You also mention how a “phat” culture makes it more attractive to others – not a bad way to build followers (both on the consumer and recruitment side)

    I don’t know if you were implying this at the end, but the other thing I took away from your PHAT POST (I couldn’t resist – sorry) is the need to to different in your leadership and different in your culture…I have seen all too often in companies that continue to bring in leaders who are hired to maintain the status quo…sure, they change the “paint on the walls” so to speak, but the underlying culture is still the same as the previous leader. How does the saying go…the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…(I maybe off here)

    Thanks Leadershipadvisor for the post and insight


  • Very lucid points about maintaining the status quo Steve. Thanks for you contribution my friend!