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A leadership culture describes how an organization operates and succeeds through its leadership. It provides a clear vision that teaches leaders at all levels how to conduct themselves in the execution of strategies, operational decision-making, and people management. It is defined not only by a vision statement, but with reinforcing policies, processes, and practices that create a framework or boundaries for executive and managerial behavior. The Center for Creative Leadership defines it as "the way interact, make decisions, and influence others" and delineates the difference between dependent leadership (people in authority are responsible), independent (leadership requires input shared from individuals with expertise), and interdependent (leadership as a collaborative activity) .
A group exercise for top leaders is a good way to describe how top leaders will, in general: