Leaders who embrace change have a dynamic team with a stronger and healthier culture, whereas organizations that aren’t open to change tend to BE stagnant and vulnerable to failure.
In other words, if you’re not willing to change, you’re not ready to lead.
When leaders frame change in the right way and take action to support that change, team members are much more likely to embrace it. And guess what? The need for change exists everywhere, no matter how successful the company or organization, and yours is no different. As a leader, you should constantly be asking yourself how to improve and be willing to test the waters when needed.
Once you do identify the need for change, reflect with your team about how to address that change. How does your team feel about the change? How can you support them? Do they have any questions?
Next, you must understand that people will be naturally resistant to change, and even if everyone appears to be on the same page at first, it’s going to be your job to usher people past the disruption and create a new status quo. Effective leaders are able to communicate change in a way that takes into account their team’s perspective, including their emotional well-being. In times of change make it a point to check in with emotions and concerns whenever possible.
We know that organizations must change in order to thrive in an always-changing market. In order to help your team (and yourself) stomach change in a manageable way, break down each step of that change into small steps. Do your best to map out any major hurdles and plan solutions for dealing with them.
The more that you map out your path, the easier the road will be!
Are you interested in the concept of change? Join our next in-person Lunch & Learn series as we take a deep-dive into Leadershift by John Maxwell where we will unpack 11 essential changes. The series will be held on Wednesdays from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Winchester Country Club in Winchester, VA. The series will begin on Wednesday, July 6 and end on Wednesday, August 16, 2021. To register, contact Sierra Learnership Collaborative at (540) 348-GROW, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, contact us via our website www.sierralearnership.com, or via social media. We look forward to hearing from you!
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After 10 years in public education, I reached a fork in the road where I could continue to expand my influence by moving into a role in administrative leadership or use the expertise I had acquired to create a unique business that aligns with my passion, helping others achieve their best. Sierra Learnership Collaborative brings to life my belief that effective leadership skills and lifelong learning are critical to one’s success. Growth, leading, and learning are collaborative processes which is where I come in.
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