The Profile of a Successful Change Leader
What does it take to be successful at leading organizational change?
With the pace and level of disruption today, only those leaders that are able to meet the necessity of change with skill and alacrity will ultimately succeed. It behooves all leaders to understand the core competencies required to successfully lead change. So what is the profile of a successful change leader?
The Profile of a Successful Organizational Change Leader
When push comes to shove, we believe that successful change leaders need to be exceptionally good at four things:
They know that they need to actively involve and engage all levels of the organization in the effort: first by presenting the case for change, then by encouraging working sessions with candid conversations, concerns and ideas from the workforce, and finally by garnering support and buy-in.
By the same token, they know how to include employees at all levels in the plan to ensure that the employees believe the change to be achievable as well as desirable.
They don’t fear or avoid challenges; instead, they welcome them for the opportunity to consider alternative approaches and to learn better ways.
The Bottom Line
Many businesses and leaders have faltered for lack of the ability to quickly adapt to change – Blockbuster, Kodak, and Webvan are just three examples. Don’t let this happen to your organization. Be sure you have leaders with the capability to recognize when change is needed and then to introduce and implement it successfully.
To learn more about what goes into the profile of a successful change leader, download the 5 Science-Backed Lenses of Change Leadership
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