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Leadership; Does It Impact Company Culture?


It is the leader that sets the tone. This, of course, makes a lot of sense, a leader leads with progress in mind, and makes decisions with such aspirations ahead. This means that leaders are in a position, especially if they are founding or directing a company, to establish the culture that forms at their feet. They are able to plant the seeds that allow the company to nurture and grow around the employees that join the team. Catherine Courage said in her own TED Talk that “Environment is the foundation of creative thinking.”


This means that creating such an environment, and a company culture that supports it, is essential.


Of course, it is never easy to form a company culture, or resurrect one from your predecessor etc. After all, as Sinek says, “if you get the environment right, every single one of us has the capacity to these remarkable things”. Working out how to nurture a growing amount of employees, is significant.


Sinek’s declaration from his YouTube video is certainly supported by Jay Wilkinson, who declared that the culture of a company, when left up to chance, will take on the persona and attitudes of the most vocal team member, which could equally prove as detrimental as it could be a benefit. After all, the most vocal member of the team may not possess the same ethos and values as the company as a whole. Wilkinson attributed “95% of problems within the companies [he] has worked with” to team members that do great work but not embody the company values.


So, how do we lay the foundations? If we build the culture to create an environment that encourages employees to explore creative thought then, theoretically, you are onto a winner. But, is it really as easy as that? Where do you even begin?


It all starts with the leader, the one inspiring this change, the movement. A transition between what was and what will come to be. You are the captain at the helm, battling changing tides in order to find that treasured idea. You must be the one to cast the sails and navigate these choppy waters.


Sinek explained that what makes a good leader, are the people “who took care of the person on the left and take care of the person on the right”. This makes sense, and is supported by Chris White who explained that employees that “find themselves feeling valued as a member of their team”, in this case this could be through being acknowledged and supported by their team, “will form stronger ties to their company”.


And of course, this leads to stronger ties within the company, mutual support, teams cooperating and, finally, a company that works well together with significantly less friction.



Based in London, U.K., and founded in 2016 by Arvind Mishra The Agile Works (www.TheAgileWorks.com), is an up-and-coming recruitment and Agile consulting company. Arvind is a Certified SAFe SPC and regularly delivers both private and public SAFe certification workshops.


He is a design thinking expert, Sr. enterprise, portfolio Agile Coach with over a decade of experience working as an Agile coach in diverse industries such as banking, pharma, retail, auto, oil, gas, consulting and government.


The Agile Works; a small team of three strive to help shape the leadership's mind-set and values in readiness for their business transformation journey challenges. With Arvind at the helm, we strive to provide you with the agility tools to make your company that can thrive, and not just survive.


To book a consultation, or for any enquiries, you can contact Arvind via the following email address: arvind@theagileworks.com

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