Are Employees or Leaders Afraid of Change?
Most change management consulting experts assume that employees have a natural resistance to change. Data from our change management simulation backs up that claim. When given options, the majority of employees prefer the status quo. But are leaders afraid of change?
While employee change resistance can be lessened by increased levels of change urgency, a solid business case for change, and a high level of dissatisfaction with the current situation, successful organizational change requires high levels of leadership clarity, alignment, and rigor.
How do company leaders feel about change ? even ones that they are initiating? Do they have the same natural resistance? And, if so, what are the consequences to the organization?
The Organizational Change Leadership Research
Harvard Business Review conducted a survey of over 1,000 employees in multiple industries across the nation. The question was how often employees saw their leaders challenge the current situation or ask workers to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective.
Only 3% said “always” while over 40% said “never or almost never.”
With so much lip service paid to the need and desire to manage change effectively in order to compete, how do these statistics strike you? And what does it mean to companies whose leaders simply manage and maintain the status quo without challenging it?
We believe that change is something that every company needs to learn how to embed in their leaders and cultural DNA if they want to perform at their peak. Do you have enough effective change leaders?
Why Some Leaders Fear Change
Based upon data from our change management simulation, here are some key reasons leaders avoid initiating real transformation. Leaders who do not challenge existing foundations are typically:
The Bottom Line
Are you a leader who is too content with the status quo? If so, you may be guilty of holding your company back. Be the change leader who is appreciated for raising the bar for those around you.
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