“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.”
— Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)
Any leader can not be called as a true leader if he has not participated in the change process of a corporate company. Going everything by the book is what a manager does, but a leader is the one who stands in forefront and try to change things for the betterment of the company and its employees.
In our post graduate diploma courses, we try to bring the leader in everyone by giving them various activities and challenge. However, a diploma in business management or any other post graduate diploma in management can not teach you, how to be a true leader as that is something comes from within. But to help you become a pro, here are 5 ways to become a Successful Change Leader.
5 Ways to become a Successful Change Leader
- Set Definitive Goals
Now that you are bringing a change in the company, it can be a small skill change or the way things are being managed. You need to set goals that are definite, easy to explain and easy to understand. You need to explain your team members why this change is a necessity. Only then you will be able to make the transition smoothly.
- Be direct in response
Whenever a change is introduced, you need to become more vigilant clearing each and every doubt of your team member by giving a verbal or written explanation. One of the Change theory says, that any change is most adaptable when it seems to emerge from within the team rather than dictated upon them. So rather than telling them what to do you need to convince them towards it that is, this is something good for them.
- Go beyond mere helping your team to adapt
It can be finding difficulty in acquiring a new skill set, or to new work environment or anything at all. Be empathetic towards them. Providing all the facilities they need is not enough. You need to be with them in order to make the transition as resistance free as possible.
- Be open to multiple solutions
Again, do not impose the change rather be open to alternative solutions. Arrange regular brainstorming sessions so that a more acceptable and collective way to adapt to a change can be found.
- Believe in the Change you want to bring
You need to believe in what you are proposing 100%. Only then others will believe in you or you will be able to convince them that this is the right thing to do.