You’ve seen the headlines—“company culture” is one of the most-covered topics in business leadership over the past couple of years. You can read about why you shouldn’t just let your company culture happen. You can explore “Why Corporate Culture Is Becoming More Important.” And, of course, you can dive into how certain types of company culture will boost your organization’s performance.
Before we launch into how company culture begins with the board, let’s define the term we’re using. According to Wikipedia, company culture (also referred to as organizational culture) “encompasses values and behaviors that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization…and includes the organization’s vision, values, norms, systems, symbols, language, assumptions, environment, location, beliefs, and habits.” Yes, that’s a long definition! To simplify, though, company culture is created through a blend of the practices, policies, and people that make up an organization.