The Salvation Army : A Multi Faceted Worldwide Religious And Charitable Organization

1463 Words Apr 21st, 2015 6 Pages
The Salvation Army is a multi-faceted worldwide religious and charitable organization that operates numerous community centers across the United States and has been an established agency in downtown Lakeland, Florida since 1921. The Salvation Army has a strong organizational culture and the organization’s core values are intensely held and widely shared. This creates greater commitment, conveys a sense of identity, and enhances stability among members and the organization. How has different leadership styles and theories positively and negatively affected Lakeland’s Salvation Army, in their quest to build the largest community devoted to homeless families in Florida?
The Salvation Army hires employees who accept the organization’s core values, supports the mission, and maintains the organization’s image. As a result, “an organizational climate is created where employees share perceptions about the organization and work environment” (Robbins & Judge, 2015, p. 251). The organization relies mainly on volunteers, so leaders must communicate actively with the community to gain support, as there are few paid positions. The majority of volunteers come from the community, religious organizations, or college students who are interning within the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army has a strong organizational culture with strict guidelines and tight control over their officers. “Organizational culture refers to a system of shared meaning held by members that distinguishes the…

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