Authors: Tanya Miller
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Neami National, Organisational transformation, innovation, quality, service delivery, implementation, workforce
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The culture and values of an organisation can be major source of coherence, resilience and meaning. Through times of change and growth they can also serve as a foundation from which to renew and flourish.
Neami National is a non-government mental health organisation characterised by purposeful vision, mission and guiding values. In the last decade the organisation has experienced a significant rate of expansion and growth. This has given us reason to reflect on the cultural elements and leadership qualities that have sustained the organisation through such rapid advancement, and to look for ways to strengthen and build on these for the future.
In this presentation we demonstrate that a culture of authenticity is created when leaders frequently refer to the mission, vision and values, and enact them in their own behaviours. Moreover, leaders who create alignment around a sense of purpose and then provide people with the leeway to devise how it is enacted create a culture of openness, innovation, learning, responsibility and empowerment.
In this presentation we link the theoretical ideas pertaining to ‘authentic leadership’, ‘transformational leadership’ and ‘emotional intelligence’ that Neami has drawn on in practice to facilitate a strong and cohesive values-driven culture across the organisation.
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