Change and how the leader can manage it
How you as a leader can deal with organizational change?
Leaders face many challenges in today’s workplaces. And one of the key challenges is to make sure that the many organizational changes that are occurring are done effectively.
So how do you do this?
The first thing to understand and remember as a leader is that resistance to change is not a bad thing. It is a completely rational response that moves through denial and resistance to exploration and commitment.
There are lots of reasons why people will resist change.
- Maybe they’ve had previous experience with a change that hasn’t gone well.
- Maybe they’re happy with the status quo.
- Maybe there’s a potential for losing money, and there’s an economic threat.
- Or maybe there’s a threat that they might fail personally, or that they might lose status or power.
Your job as a leader is to enact the change in such a way that your employees move through the process as quickly and as easily as possible.
So how do you change the organization so that you get good outcomes with minimum resistance?
The first thing you have to do is to let people know why the change is needed.
- These days, there is so much change occurring that people are, often rightly, suspicious of impending changes.
- But let people know what was wrong with the old way and why the new way will help them.
- Set a clear vision for what the organization will look like after the change has occurred.
- Let people see that you have thought through the long-term and the short-term consequences of the change and that you have evaluated the need for it comprehensively.
- Next, communicate, communicate, communicate. Tell people when things are going to happen. Tell them when they are happening. And tell them what you have achieved to date.
Uncertainty lies at the root of many fears about change.
So provide your employees with as much information as you can.
Making the change feel like success will always lead to greater effectiveness than making it feel like a failure.
While you are communicating, make sure you acknowledge and celebrate the small wins.
Of course, you always need to be honest about any setbacks.
And be optimistic and enthusiastic about overcoming the challenges.
So, what can we learn from this?
Leaders make an effective change when they recognize that resistance is natural. Develop a vision, communicate, and celebrate.
SO, NOW WHAT?
Well… just pick one…