When leaders want to improve communities, they begin by determining how to gain traction in the communities in which they operate. Transaction requires stakeholder involvement that focuses the organization on its ethics, diversity, and motivation to assist. When this focus flourishes, it helps people and the organization to succeed. The improvement community and organization is both a task and process that develops focus.
With focus comes the potential to understand results. Dialogues with stakeholders, driven by unquestionable executive support, create impacts on organizational performance, talent attraction, and talent retention. Some leaders and organizations are doing remarkable work in improving corporate social responsibility - all with an eye towards improving organizational performance.
The challenge of improving organizations requires that leader embrace change and the possibility of both reform and improvement. Taking on a mindset for social change enables leaders to understand organizational values in action and facilitates a long-term focus on organizational growth.
Ultimately, what we do as leaders makes and impact on our societies and on the world. It demonstrates that we care about others. It is about giving back and expanding the margins of leadership and organization. Demand is growing for leaders who recognize and embrace that they are changing more than the organizations that they serve.