9 Characteristics of an Unhealthy Organizational Culture

By Derwin Gray
As leaders, whether it be as CEO’s, coaches, parents, or pastors, we have the honor of being the architects of organizational cultures where people can flourish.

As I was reading Sam Chand’s book, Cracking Your Church’s Culture (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011), I came across 9 characteristics of an unhealthy organizational culture (page 34):

1. Unrealistic demands

2. Blaming others

3. Feeling threatened by others success

4. Power struggles

5. Dishonesty

6. Creating an atmosphere of fear

7. Using people instead of valuing people

8. Unclear vision, strategy, goals, and values

9. A lack of authenticity

Perhaps you’ve seen some of these unhealthy characteristics in your family as you were growing up or you see them now in your current job? If you stay in a culture like this too long, they may begin to negatively shape your life.

The only way to reverse these unhealthy characteristics is through love, which practically plays out in trust and respect. When people within a family, team, or ministry love each other, they’ll trust and respect one another.

But in order to risk loving people, we must embrace God’s unconditional love for us in Jesus. Once we become secure in God’s love for us, we’re willing to risk loving people regardless of how they respond to us.

So, how do you create a healthy organizational culture? CLICK HERE to find out.

Marinate on that,

Pastor Derwin

Source: Just Marinating

Derwin Gray

Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community that loves God completely (Upward), ourselves correctly (Inward), and our neighbors compassionately (Outward) in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in America for 2010 by Outreach Magazine.

Gray met his wife, Vicki, at BYU and has been married for 19 years. They have two children, Presley and Jeremiah. After graduating from Brigham Young University, he played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (Summerside Press, 2009) and is a highly sought-after communicator. He’s also recognized by many as the Evangelism Linebacker. He’s had the honor of teaching in a variety of settings including Billy Graham Evangelistic Association events, the Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Exponential Conference, Simply Youth Ministry Conference, Greg Stier’s Dare 2 Share Ministries, Tommy Nelson Song of Solomon For Students Conferences and at universities and conferences around the country.