A prime directive of a leader should be to create a culture within their organization that is focused on the healthier whole. Doing this will help you achieve transparent communication and solve problems more quickly. Sometimes silos are necessary and what I am referring to here are the unnecessary ones. Hidden agendas and dysfunctional collaboration are the consequences of unnecessary silos.
A little known secret in business is that most organizations problems and the reason they aren’t solved is due to operating in silos. Even with today’s entrepreneurial spirit that is becoming popular, employees aren’t free to navigate and cross-collaborate in order to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. When people don’t know their responsibilities intersect with others they aren’t able to maximize their sphere of influence. In fact operating in silos prevents people from having influence.
Silos breed self-promoters and tend to poison team players with hinders cross functional collaboration. A corporate culture that tolerates silos where everyone is out to be the hero makes it increasingly difficult for leaders to improve anything or anyone. This makes problem solving an exercise in futility.
As a leader you should break down the silos brick by brick. Encourage your employees to work together for the overall health and well-being of the organization. Make their purpose more about problem solving and less about the corporate politics. Doing this will make your organization stronger and your leadership effective.
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