The aim of any leader is to create a ‘band of brothers’ feeling within the organization. Whilst this phrase is not political correct I am sure you know what is meant. This feeling can only be achieved by the creation of an inclusive oneness in a team that has a shared goal and vision. The sign that you are there is that team members know intuitively the correct action to take, requiring little guidance but much trust.
Sir Winston during the Second World War, Sir Edmund Hillary, Horatio Nelson, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Jack Welch were all masters at creating this important culture.
The concept of a band of brothers was first in the public domain with the great bard, William Shakespeare in the stirring speech Henry V gives on the night before the battle of Agincourt.
“..And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered -We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.”
Another indication of the strength of the band of brothers is an active Alumni. Great companies like GE and Toyota have very active alumni and have their own section in some of the leading networking applications. Past staff are often meeting each other as friends and whilst reminiscing over old times meet to help and do business with each other as they have the same values and drive.
You may wish to read an extract from my Winning Leadership Whitepaper, this paper can be purchased from my website.