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Organizational Culture and Leadership, Fourth Edition by Edgar H. Schein

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Part III. The Leadership Role in Building, Embedding, and Evolving Culture

Part II focused on the content of culture and the process of deciphering cultural assumptions. The primary focus was on culture. We now shift the focus to leadership, especially the role that leadership plays in creating and embedding culture in a group. As I have argued throughout, the unique function of leadership that distinguishes it from management and administration is this concern for culture. Leadership begins the culture creation process and, as we will see, must also manage and sometimes change culture.

To fully understand the relationship of leadership to culture, we have to take a developmental view of organizational growth. The role of leadership in beginning ...

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