Leaders: Leading Change Requires Networking Our Inspiration
by Kate Nasser |
Volumes are written on leaders’ key steps to leading change. When we list out all the steps, one blatant truth emerges from the fray:
Leading Change Requires Networking Our Inspiration
This statement might bring to mind lots of communication about the change, the reasons why, what’s in it for everyone, and the list goes on.
Are you inspired? Yeh right. No one else will be either. Admittedly communication is critical to leading change. Yet communication is NOT the same as networking our inspiration.
Networking those we lead includes:
- Starting with mutual respect
- Earning trust through the heart not just the head
- Engaging their talents and their spirit thus
- Building their change-ability to prepare for major shifts
Networking inspiration must start early — the day we become leaders.
Highly directive leaders who rarely engage their teams seem fake when suddenly networking inspiration to spur a major change. People don’t like being changed.
Weak leaders who focus mostly on being liked also struggle with leading change. They have built personal connections based on neediness and their fear is palpable. There is little for others to trust in order to overcome the comfort of the status quo.
We can effectively lead change when we have healthy inter-dependent connections to the team members as well as to the mission of the organization. This healthy balance of head and heart is the inspiration!
The strength of a balanced leader absorbs employees’ fear allowing them to travel new roads unfettered by doubt.
Earning Trust With the Heart & Head
Long before major changes inch onto the horizon, team members are looking to see how we handle difficult situations. Some may be very mission related while still others will relate to team dynamics and morale.
Showing them our clear heads in a crisis is a start. Developing their clear heads for change through coaching and empowerment is networking our inspiration!
Reviewing data with them before a decision develops valuable critical thinking. Using our intuition and tapping theirs builds their change-ability!
- Consider that change involves dealing with the unknown. Invoking intuition gives everyone practice in grappling with grey areas and moving ahead with less than a full picture. With this practice, we network our inspiration and develop their change-ability long before a major change appears.
When we handle individual performance issues, we act appropriately. When we also address team morale issues resulting from performance problems, we celebrate the value of morale in leading change. “Work it our yourselves” is abdication of our inspirational role. “Let’s work this out and create a model for maintaining great morale”, networks our inspiration!
We lead change with inspiration; we succeed when we network the inspiration and build change-ability along the way.
Question: Why do many leaders avoid the inspirational approach when it is so critical to leading change?
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™
This article was inspired by a Leadfromwithin professional development chat on Twitter founded and facilitated by executive coach Lolly Daskal. Thanks Lolly!
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™, delivers coaching, consulting, training, and keynotes on employee engagement, leading change, teamwork, and customer service & experience. Kate turns interaction obstacles into business success. See this site for workshop outlines, keynote footage, and customer results.