It seems that change is inevitable. What can you do as a leader to minimize the negative disruption change can cause to your organization and your teams? It all starts with the essentials for leading change successfully.
Leading Change versus Managing Change
In our experience of nearly three decades leading change projects in the field, we have observed that organizations are generally better at the tactical and operational side of change compared to the strategic and people side of change.
Most managers are pretty good at putting the systems and structures in place to accommodate the desired changes, but it’s on the hearts and minds side of change – where change leaders have the oversight – that complex organizational changes tend to falter.
4 Essentials for Leading Change Successfully
The people side of change requires the ability to marshal resources, influence and motivate. Change leaders create successful change through their people by:
The Bottom Line
Don’t make the mistake of focusing just on the mechanics of change without taking into account the people side of change. Create a picture of success, be straight with your employees about the challenges, stay in touch, treat their feedback with understanding, and continue to motivate throughout the process.
To learn more essentials for leading change, download 5 New Lenses of Change Leadership to Lead the People Side of Change
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