Leader Behavior, Team Culture, and your Career Path

The behavior of the team leader can drive employee engagement more powerfully than the mission statement. We all become complicit with the leader’s words and actions by our choice to work in an organization. Healthy or unhealthy, our career path choices are de facto endorsements. All too often, reasonably minded colleagues stay in situations that are making them sick. Some have limited options when workplace culture falls out of alignment with their purpose. Others become free agents. What we tolerate, we sanction.

Examples abound. Any time you crave Fridays and dread Monday, something is wrong. Unless your work is a reflection and expression of your strengths and priorities, it will eventually regress to an under-satisfying contract where prescribed services are exchanged for agreed compensation. For most, spending the majority of waking hours enduring this cold arrangement is unsustainable.

To whose horse should I hitch my wagon? The presence of these qualities makes me skip to work whistling a happy tune. The absence signals the need for a job hunt.

Inspiration: Help me see a brighter future.

Accountability: Ensure words and actions match mission and values.

Poise: Stay nimble and focused under pressure.

Confidence: Let ego fuel purpose rather than masking insecurity.

Open-mindedness: Be eager to hear diverse perspectives.

Growth: Continue to learn and evolve.

Those possessing these attributes usually lead organizations where recruitment is easy and retention is high. Word gets out quickly. Regardless of the industry, “best place to work” data is readily available. Ask around. It’s your career path.