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    Leading an organisation can be said to start with a focus on the ‘bigger picture’.

    This bigger picture gives you a a clear understanding of where the business is headed and helps you see whether the right culture, competences and resources are in place to support that journey, and if the product and service offering is right to achieve the defined goals. In essence, it’s about ensuring that the business is focused on the longer term and not just the here and now, important as that may be.

    A crucial starting point for organisational leadership is to define the vision and mission for your business. Although many businesses today do develop these statements, they often don't use them practically, so their true value remains unseen. As a good organisational leader, you must ensure that not only are vision and mission statements developed, but that they're used practically every day within the business.

    While there's no such thing as the right working culture or environment, there are obvious pitfalls to avoid, such as creating a ‘top-down’ culture, or one where employees feel undervalued. In basic terms, you must ensure that the overall environment is one that brings out the best in your employees. This will benefit your customers and ultimately improve overall business performance.

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    The quality of leadership in your organisation must also be considered in a strategic context. As such, you and your senior management team must outline the parameters or competences which you feel all leaders in the business must aspire to. This can be achieved through the development of a leadership competence framework.

    The leading your organisation guide will take you through a series of step-by-step activities to help you get the best from your vision and mission statements, review the culture within your business at present and devise a basic leadership competence framework which can be used to recruit, train/develop, appraise and reward managers.