I believe it was Peter Drucker who said, “Culture eats vision for lunch.” With that in mind, and believing that building culture is one of the key responsibilities of a leader, Dan Rockwell shares 5 ways to show up like a leader and build culture every day.

Originally posted by Dan Rockwell

Isolation propagates arrogance in ourselves and confusion about others.

The worst things leaders do is disconnect from the people around them.


Get out of your office is you want to show up like a leader.

#1. Know why you’re showing up.

  1. How do you want people to feel about themselves when you’re around?
  2. How do you want people to feel about you when you walk away?
  3. What do you want people to think about after you leave their area?

#2. Show up to learn.

Relax. The pressure to have answers blocks connection. Show interest in people. Ask questions.


  1. What are you working on?
  2. What can I do to help you excel at your job? (I assume they know what success looks like.)
  3. Once in awhile, ask, “What are we doing that actually makes it more difficult to get work done?” Drucker wrote, “Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.”

#3. Show up to let people know what others are doing.

“I was just over at marketing and they’re working on the same project you’re working on.”

#4. Show up to say what you see.

Look around and notice things. Notice people, environments, and processes. When you say what you see, your interpretation could be off base. Stay open. Say, “Tell me more.”

#5. Show up to explain impact.

Explain how performance in one area impacts others. Choose something they doing and explain how it makes things better for others.

4 quick tips:

  1. Show up to clarify what matters now.
  2. Don’t show up at the same time everyday. If you do, you’ll see the same things.
  3. Don’t make people wonder what you’re after.
  4. Show up and follow up. Drop an email to encourage, reinforce, or clarify.

How might leaders show up and build culture?