Ten Ways to be a Better Leader of Change

Change is an experience – and then some!

As leaders, we need to acknowledge that change is the way of the world. As leaders, we need to lead our people through new opportunities and we have to be the momentum and motivation, from the front.

Those who are interested in studying leadership dynamics should look into an on-campus or online MBA program that puts a focus on leadership issues.

So, as leaders, what do we need to do to be better at driving change. Indeed, just who do we need to be?

Here are ten easy ideas for you to play with:-

  1. Build Relationships
    Change is much, much easier if there is a strong relationship between a leader and their people. There is no easier way to make this work better.
  2. Take Opportunities
    In the workplace, valuable opportunities for change come frequently, so by taking them as you go along, it will make major changes much less necessary.
  3. Have a Value-Creating Game Plan
    A strong vision for the future shapes the steps needed for change. Depending on circumstances, these steps can be made early and minimise large-scale disruption.
  4. Start Out Right
    The easiest way to minimise the need for change is to be focused enough to get it right from the very start, making just minor adjustments as you go along.
  5. Talk to People
    Aside from building great relationships, talking and listening to people often elicits opportunities which might otherwise be missed.
  6. Ask For What You Want
    By clearly stating what exactly is needed is to change, solutions often come unexpectedly.
  7. Do Big Changes Once
    If a major change is needed, it is far better to do the job in one go than by taking half-measures, several times. This severely damages morale and creates ongoing tensions. Bite the whole bullet; do it once.
  8. Change Yourself
    With a preparedness for stepping back from your own beliefs and attitudes, it might be possible to be really creative about solutions – this can require a great deal of personal focus from you and is definitely worth it.
  9. Measure Against Value
    Any change must be worthwhile. By measuring the changes against their value-creating outputs objectively, clearer decisions and commitment from others will follow.
  10. Have Good Reason
    Making sure that change is not merely being used to overcome weak management – e.g. instead of using a disciplinary processes. Change will be more likely to be successful then.

Those who are interested in a deeper study of change leadership might consider coursework from masters in organizational leadership  program at an accredited college, for example St Josephs University online.

© Resilience in Change 2011


3 Responses to “Ten Ways to be a Better Leader of Change”

  1. Noah says:

    This article is bursting with practical, useful tips for anyone seeking to make change in their organization or in any setting!#1 is so important because people are far more likely to follow someone they trust! #5 carries on this idea of relationships. Often these people will provide valuable insight for more effective change.

    Thank you for the great article!

    Noah Lomax
    http://www.noahlomax.com

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  3. admin says:

    You are welcome Noah – thanks for taking the time to comment – we try, we really do!

    Regards

    Martin Haworth

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