I suggested recently that it’s best to employ a competent agent to implement any significant changes in an organization. Well, you may not have that luxury. You may wind up being put in charge of an internal change team who have to adopt these new concepts and skills ourselves, whether we’ve an affinity for them or not. Well, if this happens, you find yourself in need of effective change leadership skills.
Well, you didn’t go to school for this stuff! Maybe some of this science was touched on if you studied business, but good heavens nothing to this scale. So, you’re left frantically running through the internet trying to learn effective change leadership out of fear for your very job.
It’s ok. We’ve got your back, friend. Let’s go over some tips and skills to pull this off.
First of all, like I’ve said, this is as much about people as it is about complex concepts and logistics. The first thing to consider in that case is understanding what sort of social things must be addressed. People are creatures of habit.
This means that since change is going to call them out of their comfort zones, they are going to be resistive by their nature. So, your biggest hurdle is overcoming this reluctance. So, you must be a good salesman and a good projection of confidence and reliability when broaching this need for change.
People will be hard to convince, and if you do, then you must be the rock they can rely on and turn to.
Well. That all works fine, but you’ll want to also look at what kinds of models for change there are, and understanding why the concept of a model for this is so important, and its function.
There are a number of these, and you’ll use the one you choose as a foundation to plan, strategize and for choosing how you teach everyone.
And, teaching is another thing. Change involves teaching the changes to the people involved, and that’s another place you have endless choices for, to implement the training.
You’ll want to understand social sciences involved with teaching and learning, especially where adults are concerned.
Finally, the biggest issue of all, aside from the human aspect, is as a leader you must be able to communicate and forecast progress during a change project. The people need to know their progress, you need to know it to direct it further, and of course, stakeholders are concerned too.
This means you must be good at tracking all the metrics and statistics involved, and it’s also crucial to communicate issues and progress for financial security and proper perspective.
Of course, there are the general parts of leadership that are important too, such as establishing a sense of reliability and trustworthiness with those who look up to you, and maintaining a sense of authority and wisdom as well. But, those aren’t things you can just learn. You’re obviously a good leader if you had this placed on you anyhow.
But, these are the keys to effective change leadership. So, if you can work with people, and you can successfully research and master the concepts involved this, then you’ll be ok.
Chris is the Lead Author & Editor of Change Blog. Chris established the Change blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Change Management.