Driving Family Culture — How Leaders Create the Behavior They Get

In our professional lives, we spend a lot of time talking about driving culture. Regardless of what industry you’re in or how large your organization is, your company has clear values that outline who the company is, what it believes in, and how it does things. Those values drive the company culture and the behavior of each and every employee. So, shouldn’t we be driving family culture at home with our family values?

Of course, we should. And like with any organization, it starts at the top.

Driving Family Culture — How Leaders Create the Behavior They Get

When something goes wrong and/or a company sways from its values, whose responsibility is it? Any successful leader will tell you it’s theirs. Leaders of great organizations are culture warriors who create and drive the behavior they get. As a leader of your home, you should emulate this attitude.

This, of course, can be difficult. Our children don’t work for us. Just getting them to look at us — let alone act and behave the way we want — can be a chore. And as our children get older and progress through the teenage years, our job as leaders (parents) gets even more difficult. Still, when we see something in our families that doesn’t align with our values, whose fault is it? You guessed it, it’s ours.

As parents, like any other leaders, we create and drive the behavior we get from our children. We are the ones responsible for driving family culture. So instead of focusing on what your children are doing that “drives you crazy,” focus more on your own behavior and what you need to do to be the example. Drive the culture you want in your own family. Lead by example and go first.


For more helpful information and guidance on communicating with your spouse, check out our bookpocket guideblog, and downloadable parenting resources.

Author: Dale W. Vernon
Dale, a business and investment advisor and professed imperfect father of three children, is co-author of How Imperfect Parents Lead Great Families. He is a frequent speaker about the importance of establishing family values, creating a culture of communication in your home and being an intentional parent that understands the importance of being the best example you can for your children.
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