Leading From a Distance

October 08 2017
By: Terry L. Mathis

Many experts say that culture starts at the top and cultures resist change. Many leaders struggle to move their cultures the way they desire and blame their problems on that resistance. Leading From a Distance Sometimes the problem is that leaders simply dictate change rather than facilitating it. Other times the problem is leaders have distanced themselves so far from the average worker that they are really not a part of the culture. Some cultures and sub-cultures are almost completely separate and independent of leaders.

In deference to the experts, cultures start a number of places and the kind of change they resist is outside, forced change. In fact, I argue it is the force and not the change they resist. The easiest and best way to change a culture is from the inside. Leaders need to assess whether they are a part of the culture they are trying to change and, if not, utilize change agents who are.

Terry L. Mathis

Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.