Is your leadership team on the same page?

Alignment begins with member consensus
By Anne Cleall
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/15/2014

Question: At our organization, the best word to describe our leadership team is dysfunctional. (We wouldn’t tell them that, of course.) What are some ways we can create alignment among our senior leaders so programs are rolled out more consistently across the organization?

Answer: Leadership team alignment begins with member consensus on the organization’s business objectives and strategy. Aligned teams have a high level of clarity and agreement on purpose, vision, values, goals, procedures, roles and trust.

Leaders themselves may be the least able to determine whether they are aligned. While everyone around the table may be nodding during leadership meetings, what happens outside the boardroom can be more telling. Generating real alignment requires considerable effort. Alignment rarely, if ever, evolves naturally.