The Importance of Leadership
within Polices and Governance

By Phoebe Parsons | Account Executive at claireLOGIC

A company’s leadership team is responsible for creating company policy, as well as being accountable for its delivery and compliance across an organisation.

This is important as policy compliance is not just about dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, but ensuring your business is as productive and efficient as possible, not to mention the beneficial role that governance plays in supporting the execution of strategy.

But how can leaders ensure their policies and governance are followed?

The Policy

The most important thing to consider when enforcing a policy is what that policy entails. Successful governance is essentially about working smarter, not harder. It’s about utilising a standardised approach that aligns with your business strategy and contributes to achieving objectives in the interest of ALL stakeholders (i.e. your policies should be making your employees’ lives easier, not harder!)

  • Does your current policy address the changing goals, risks and the organisation’s current challenges?

Communication

How a policy is communicated to employees is vital. Most obviously, policies will never be fully enforced if not all employees are even aware of them, but it’s more than that. It’s important to have clarity and vision in the communication of a policy. This ensures employees fully understand what is required of them, but even more critically why it’s required and the benefit it will bring, not just to the business but to the individual too. This will greatly minimise any resistance to the new policy.

  • Do your employees understand the policies that are in place or is it all jargon to them?

Consistency

Leaders must remain consistent when implementing policy. A consistent leader can set clear expectations for all employees within the business, making sure ALL individuals take responsibility for their actions concerning the policy, and that there is a clear and fair requirement for all employees to comply.

  • Has your policy got a clear governance structure in place with well-defined lines of responsibility and accountability?

Policy compliance and governance play a big factor across all departments within ALL businesses – it can be quite difficult to manage. If you want to find out more and discover the solution to great governance – watch the video below!

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