If the COVID-19 situation has shown us anything, it’s that the right leadership for surprise, unique situations is critical. The characteristics of change leaders are well-suited to conditions such as the one we are in now, in which we need to adapt, often quite quickly, to a new way of doing things.
Successful change leaders see communication as a crucial part of their role. When communicating, they concentrate on the why of the change as well as the what. Their communications become even more influential when they are correlated with the values of the organisation.
These leaders are not bound by structure or silos. They bring employees into the decision-making process first, involving the needed resources for collaboration, both the preparation for and execution of the change. These change leaders don’t expect others to commit to any change; they are not on board with themselves. They undergo their own discomfort while going through transition but are determined to maintain the change process until the coveted results are achieved.
Leading a successful change process
High-quality change leaders ensure they are involved in a process that produces a clear vision and case for change, as well as order around achieving it. The change strategy, including identifying what will change and won’t, is crucial.
A quality leader will stay highly involved, using high touch communication, during the execution of the change, monitoring development, removing obstacles, assisting people through the change curve, ensuring the right people are put into the correct positions while making sure that small wins are celebrated, and momentum is maintained.
Improved leadership skills help to lead your People
Successful change leaders focus on the people side of change, which includes their own skill sets. By improving your own toolkit, you can better remove barriers to employee success. Be it personal barriers such as a sense of loss or fear during the current situation, or professional barriers like time and resources required to execute a change plan.
If you pay equal attention to your own abilities as you do your staff, it will be much easier to influence others and bring them on board with the change.
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