Experiential Leadership Exercise
Strong or Weak
For this exercise select an organization your
work for, have worked for, or know about. For each of the six statements,
select an answer by placing one of the following numbers on the line:
5 – Strongly Agree
4 – Agree
3 – Not Sure
2 – Disagree
1 – Strongly Disagree
_____ 1. I clearly understand the
organization’s philosophy (what it stands for); it is widely
shared by organizational
leadership and members.
_____ 2. There is a concern for the
individual; the organization often places individual concerns
over rules, policies,
procedures, and adherence to job duties.
_____ 3. We have heroes whose actions
illustrate the shared philosophy and concerns of the
_____ 4. There are many rituals and ceremonies
that build common identity of members.
_____ 5. There is a well-understood sense of
the informal rules and expectations of employees.
_____ 6. Employees believe that what they do
is important to others. Networking to share
information and ideas is
1. Add up the six
numbers and place it on the following continuum:
Culture 6 ---------- 10 ---------- 15 ---------- 20 ---------- 25
----------30 Strong Culture
Analyze the results of your
assessment. The higher the score, the stronger the corporate
Answer the following questions:
- What is corporate
culture, what role does it play in organizations, and how is it created?
- How does corporate
culture influence individuals and organizations, and what makes corporate
- How can leaders
influence corporate culture?
- Have you ever worked
for an organization whose culture is in need of change? If so, what was the
problem? What could have been done to change the culture? What obstacles would
have had to be overcome for the changes to be effective?