Leading change has risen in recent years as a top criteria for successful leadership. Change has always been a part of organizational life but the speed of change coupled with globalization has made continuous change a new reality. You have no option but to grow and develop as a change leader. You will either lead your organization in a time of great change or the forces of change will lead your organization and you will find yourself struggling to survive as the forces of change hit.Change has always been a part of organizational life but continuous change is a new reality. Click To Tweet
Each Monday for the next few weeks, I will be addressing lessons learned about leading change. In my own professional journey, I have seen organizations, teams, and individuals struggle, resist, and sometimes refuse to change. In recent years, I have had the opportunity to be a part of an executive leadership team led by an amazing change leader leading a 125 year old organization to see the urgency and need to change to thrive in the future. I am personally learning and developing as a change leader even as I write this post!
Are you leading the change necessary for your organization to thrive?
Are you a change leader? Here are 3 ways to know:
- You see the changes coming.
Your eyes are open and you see the changes happening around you and you see the changes coming. You are actively reading, learning, and studying what is happening in the world around you both in your local community and beyond. You aren’t ignoring the forces of change and you aren’t afraid of the changes happening. You face the reality of change as part of your leadership stewardship. You see therefore you lead.
- You help your organization to see the reality and urgency of change.
Don’t be surprised when your team doesn’t see the need for change. They may even be seeing success in the work they are currently doing and don’t fully understand the forces of change coming. That’s why they need you, a compelling visionary change leader. It is your job to help them see with a sense of urgency and a sense of excitement about the future. It is your job to take the forces of change around us and shape it into a driving force for the future of your organization. Are you creating excitement and an urgency for your team’s work and for future impact? To lead change, your leadership voice is essential to lead your team to give their hearts and minds to change.
- You strategically put change leaders in place to lead change.
It will be necessary for you to unite your entire team around change. To do this effectively, you will need change agents throughout your organization. Assemble the right leaders that are committed to leading change, see the urgency for change, and it will bring the right level of energy and support to unite people around change.
This may mean making some leadership changes. It will mean you need to give more of your leadership time to investing in these change agents. Who are the change leaders in your organization?
If you are serious about your own development as a change leader, I highly recommend John Kotter’s book Leading Change.You have no option but to grow and develop as a change leader in today's fast-changing culture. Click To Tweet
Leading Change doesn’t mean that all things change. The mission of your organization and the core values of your organization should be firmly anchored. It will be your strategy, tools, and methods of serving the market you steward that will need your change leadership.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
What lessons, good and bad, have you learned from leaders in leading change?