The fundamental role of leaders is to lead change, helping their teams and organisations to navigate the turbulent waters of an ever-increasing VUCA world.
It is widely accepted that change is now constant and all senior leaders need to develop strength in behaviours to help them lead change effectively.
But even the best of us, when faced with this constant change, will feel daunted and even overwhelmed. The good news is that it doesn’t need to be that way.
As with most things, breaking down the immensity of it all into smaller, more manageable chunks can make it better.
The same can be true of the behaviours needed to lead change.
To develop effective leadership behaviour that will help you, your people and the organisation through change, take a look at each of these ten things and score yourself on a scale of 1 to 5, where “1” is weak and “5” is strong:
1. Communicate Well
Being open in conversation with people and encouraging them to find collaborative solutions to change.
2. Have A Clear Vision
Understanding where the business is going and engaging with people to help them envisage the future.
3. Be Consistent
Delivering every activity within a change programme in a fair, trusted and honest way…with no exceptions!
4. Build Great Rapport
Sowing the seeds early by building close relationships with all the people that matter.
5. Be Trusted
People knowing you care and doing the best you can for the good of as many as possible.
The business environment is continually changing and a leader must respond in kindanon
6. Plan Well
Deciding the best way forward after considering all the options, checking what will and what won’t work…with no surprises!
7. Disciplined Approach
Sticking to the process and timescales for changes to be made.
8. Stick to Your Guns
Not shifting from the agreed goals, whatever pressures you face.
9. Treat People Well
Honouring people as humans, treating them with respect and dignity even through tense and stressful times.
10. Focus on the Goal
Making decisions based on creating value, using that very objectively to guide your way.
Call to Action
How well do you lead change now? How do you measure up to the ten things needed to lead change effectively?
More importantly, which of these is your strength and which do you need to exercise more?