Volumes are written on key steps to leading change. When we sort through it all, one blatant truth emerges:
Leading change requires networking our inspiration!Image licensed via Istock.com.
From this we might focus on communicating the change, the reasons why, what’s in it for everyone, what it will take etc….
Are you inspired by that? Probably not. No one else will be either. Admittedly communication is critical to leading change. Yet communicating about the change is NOT the same as inspiring others to make it happen.
Networking our inspiration with those we lead includes:
- Starting with mutual respect
- Developing trust through the heart not just the head
- Engaging their talents and their spirit
- Building their change-ability to prepare for major shifts
Networking inspiration must start early — the day we become positional leaders. Not the day we need to lead change.
- Highly directive leaders who rarely engage their teams will seem fake when suddenly networking inspiration to spur a major change. It seems manipulative. People resist being changed.
- 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 connections to team members and the mission of the organization. This healthy balance of head and heart is the inspiration!
Earning Trust With Our Heads and Hearts
Long before major changes inch onto the horizon, team members are looking to see how we as leaders handle difficult situations. Some situations 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!
Change involves dealing with the unknown. Using 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 is needed.
- When we handle individual performance issues, we act appropriately. When we also address team morale issues resulting from performance issues, we celebrate the value of morale in leading change. “Work it our yourselves” is abdicating our inspirational role. “Let’s work this out and create a model for maintaining great morale”, is networking our inspiration.
We lead change with inspiration; we succeed when we network the inspiration and build change-ability throughout the organization.
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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