Conformity and Leadership

Conformity and Leadership

Employees must wash their hands before returning to work. All construction workers must wear safety vests while on the job. Most of us have seen these signs posted in bathrooms, or are normal expectations required by law. Conformance in this case focuses on meeting the expectations of external scrutiny though compliance of various laws along with standards of governance.

Performance however calls for expectations about the achievement of the corporate objectives. Strategic activities seeking to maximize the benefits that flow to the shareholders and stakeholders. Conformance brings accountability, responsibility, and demonstrates a willingness in obeyance of laws. Performance has a strong leadership element attached to it, as it dovetails the executing of business activities, and consequently, it has  more of a business orientation attached to it.

Conformance is considered a value protecting pursuit, whereas performance governance is about value creating, to essentially create long term value for shareholders and to implement the corporate strategic plan. They both feed into the other.

Conformity in the Workplace – Advantages

A company who has uniform expectations of employees creates a basis for the offer of recognition. Conformance becomes a distribution activity for opportunities with success in a more even way. Employees are more apt to recognize and appreciate these opportunities, as a result. Rewards, and recognition are the result of conformity in the workplace.

Conformity in the workplace leads to significant cooperation among groups both small and large. Shared expression, the sharing of ideas become easier as the company lingo gets spread around. The collective works better as they embrace a shared vision. Harmony is another benefit of collective style focused businesses. They feel a stronger sense of identity with their teams and groups. Lastly, when attitudes attached to conformance exist and are applied, i.e. following an employee handbook or the posted set of rules in the lunchroom, the employees, make work run smoother, and much more efficiently.

Conformity and a Leader’s Influence

Organizations that require their employees or branch offices to maintain a company standard of achievement has substantial advantages over an organization that doesn’t. As leaders we must keep our focus on the goals, and hold the vision. Building relationships, enlisting key people to carry out the directives, and aligns with expectations of team members, in a way that empowers employees with the why of the vision, and how working together can bring about a solid brand, and enhance a sound marketing strategy.  The influence of the leader is supported through conformity of the expectations, building team unity, and creating other leaders by following through with expectations built on value for the team member.

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