I am working on my next book, which I’m writing with the brilliant Mark Babbitt. It’s in the proposal stage and you’ll hear much more about our book in the months to come.

In our research and interviews, two consistent themes are apparent:
* first, the failure of leaders to improve employee engagement or the employee experience over the past 30 years, and
* second, the failure of leaders in the past 10 years to adapt workplace assumptions, practices, and structure to accommodate younger generations entering the workforce.

These failures have, not surprisingly, led to increases in workplace stress.

A 2018 study by Korn Ferry found that 76% of respondents reported that stress at work had a negative impact on personal relationships. 66% report they’ve lost sleep due to work stress. 16% quit their jobs due to stress.

Leaders have a huge impact on workplace stress. 35% of respondents say that their boss is their biggest source of job stress. 80% say a change in leadership (a new direct boss, for example) negatively impacts their stress levels.

Senior leaders – business owners, CEO’s, presidents, vice presidents, general managers, and division heads – have a huge impact on work culture. Top leaders set the tone. Players in organizations embrace behaviors – consciously or unconsciously – that are modeled by and reinforced by company leaders.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I share the incredible power of senior leaders’ modeling of behavior and treatment of others, which creates their organization’s culture, for better or worse.

This is episode sixty-six of my Culture Leadership Charge series. Each episode is a short (two-to-three-minute) video that describes proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, companies – and even homes and neighborhoods.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube and my iTunes channels. If you like what you see or hear, please subscribe!

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S. Chris Edmonds

S. Chris Edmonds

Chris helps leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work cultures. He's a speaker, author, and executive consultant. He blogs, podcasts, and video casts. He is the author of The Culture Engine and six other books.
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