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, change management consulting experts know that change leaders must have the skills, agility, and alacrity to 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
Backed by data from our change management simulation, 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 understand that collaboration is achieved through clarity, transparency, and the appropriate recognition of steps made in the right direction.
They regularly meet with those in charge of executing the change to learn about what is working and what is not. Then they make necessary tweaks to keep the “train on the track.”
They don’t fear or avoid challenges; instead, they welcome them for the opportunity to consider alternative approaches and encourage people 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 the skills to lead others through change successfully.
To learn more about what goes into the profile of a successful change leader, download the 5 Ways for Leaders to Consider Change – Backed by Research
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