What is Changing. The Role of Change Leadership is Changing.
Historically, when we heard the word ‘Change Leadership’, it was a competence reserved for very few such as Top Management or Change Managers. But this is no longer the case in today’s fast paced and disruptive business environment.
In our experience of working with many organizations, we discovered that some of the biggest frustrations and challenges often faced when implementing new ideas or changes was a lack of change leadership as a competence across board from the individual contributor to management. For every successful or unsuccessful initiative, one factor was always most paramount; it came down to ‘Change Leadership’.
In today’s disruptive business environment, change is happening at an accelerated speed that requires us to respond faster and better than ever before. And this can only happen when we are all empowered and equipped with the change leadership skill and mindset to nimbly and ably navigate change within our sphere of influence.
One mistake easily and often made is to believe that the leadership role is reserved only for the ‘leader’, which leaves many contributors failing to take responsibility for their role in successfully leading and driving towards the desired outcomes for their tasks, projects or the organization.
Change Leadership is now a core competence required of every leader, innovator, manager, project manager, change practitioner or team member aspiring to make significant impact in their role and organization.
What is Change Leadership?
One of the best definitions I have come across is:
Change leadership is the ability to influence and enthuse others through personal advocacy, vision and drive, and to access resources to build a solid platform for change.(Higgs and Rowland, 2000)
Change leadership is about being more visionary and forward looking, and becoming skilled at change leadership requires developing our leadership skills.
Some of the core skills related to Change Leadership include the ability to:
- Lead and influence others, including peers and other leaders
- Communicate effectively and collaborate with others
- Build trust with others and demonstrate empathy
- Build and sustain momentum, and remain focused in the midst of disruption
- Keep the team and colleagues together, motivated and empowered
- Identify and manage barriers to change, with a focus on the big picture
- Willing to take risks, be creative and innovative
Do you believe change leadership is reserved for a select few? Are you developing your change leadership competence to lead and drive change within your sphere of influence?
How are you getting ready to lead and drive change in the 4th Industrial Revolution?
At the year’s Change Leadership Conference on May 8th, 2019, we will have Gillian Fischer from MindBridge Ai. She is responsible for facilitating client adoption journeys to help make their transition to AI as seamless as possible. She will be sharing her experience and real-world case studies on leading and driving change.
Yvonne is a Change Strategist, Catalyst and Advocate who is passionate about working with professionals and organisations to help them successfully lead and transition through change. You can learn more about Yvonne at: www.yvonnerukeakpoveta.com and connect with her on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.