The way in which one conducts themselves towards others inn the workplace is the primary definition of organisational behaviour. Research links human behaviour to genetics; it is environment, however, that takes the credit in most part.
Grasping this truth will change how any leader views their environment, whether past or present.
Attitude is often given more attention than deserved. If behaviour begets attitude, is it enough to alter direction altogether? There are many quotes citing how “attitude will determine altitude”. Attitude is quite important. One’s attitude is often in need of great change, especially when not conducive to the working environment. It is only a symptom, however. Unless a commitment to behaviour change is strongly implemented, attitude will remain a recurring issue, and the same goes for changing organisational behaviour.
Any leader lives within a consistent state of assessment. They will look deep into every part of who there are and their effectiveness. Understanding how behaviour affects performance and making willful adjustments can only enhance that effectiveness.
Within the corporate world, many factors affect the behaviour of a leader. The demands of management at all levels, employees, meetings, agendas, deadlines, and customers. These factors can increase levels of stress and alter focus. A recipe for behavioral modification of any type. Recognition of these triggers and the effect they have allow the leader to become aware of how they might react. They, in essence, gain control of their behaviour despite the surrounding environment.
If, as shown, behaviour is keenly shaped by environment, then in truth, environment has great power. As small children, leaders most assuredly had very little control over their experience. Those experiences deeply shaped who they grew to become. Despite these experiences, whether subjectively good or bad, how a leader behaves currently is within their full realm of control and is their responsibility. They must also accept as leaders, as people of influence, they shape the environments of those they lead, teach, mentor, coach, and guide.
As leaders become shaped by environment, so they must shape their environment. This is an even greater responsibility as they will also shape the behaviour of those they lead. Before attitudes are deeply assessed, even before environments are carefully fashioned, it is important to work towards a shift in behaviour.
Behaviour will, in reality, set or alter the course of an entire company. Leaders at the corporate level set the tone for business conduct and for people management. A careful recognition of this will prove beneficial, in simple terms, or prevent the devastating degradation of a hopeful thriving company. This shift in behaviour means a change within the leader. This change, however, is for the better, and is a change that will effectively change the environment and behaviour of their team.
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