Mastering Change: Strategies for Leaders to Embrace Adaptability
As leaders, we all know that adaptability is essential to managing change successfully. But it can feel a bit pie-in-the-sky if, in spite of acknowledging the need to embrace and practice change gracefully, your mindset and actions don’t align with adaptability. And the truth is, as leaders, if we don’t approach our responsibilities with an openness to change, we’re going to find ourselves stuck, making the same mistakes over and over, going nowhere.
But let’s face it: Most of us can’t just snap our fingers and find ourselves suddenly open to change. It demands a new way of thinking backed up by habits that initiate and drive success. Whether making a small course correction or undertaking major transformation, change takes work and, usually, time. And yet, we know that change can be powerful, productive and profitable, so here are some pointers to position you for success:
Get out of your own way. The first step in change is recognizing your own barriers and committing to understand and overcome them. This takes humility, discipline and a growth mindset, and if you’re not able to tackle your own leadership roadblocks, it’s going to be really tough to keep the vital respect of those you lead. When your people respect you, your odds of galvanizing them around new initiatives and change goes up. Remember, you have the power to remove any self-made and self-sustained barriers to positive change. And if you’re not exactly sure what those are? Ask a trusted advisor or business coach for the feedback you need.
Push beyond the comfort zone. Part of leading yourself and others is learning when to challenge yourself at strategic moments in your professional life. The more you push yourself to try new avenues and even learn on the fly, the stronger your adaptability muscles become and the easier—or less scary—change becomes. Odds are, if you look back over the course of your leadership or professional life, your biggest growth spurts were likely attributed to times when you pushed your comfort zone. That said, if you’re trying something new, taking a fresh direction with your leadership, your team or the organization at large, you can embark on that journey with support and resources—such as the help of a solid, updated business plan, coaching, team trainings, a system of accountability to keep you on track, and professional development that guides your growth so it’s aligned to goals, even dreams.
Lead from the front. When we talk about “leading from the front,” we’re not talking about leading with some highly emotional, charismatic style. We’re talking about being present, wise, involved, and passionate about what you do. It’s walking your talk and remaining a constant, steady force behind the ship you’re steering—staying put at the wheel when storms arise because, as you know, change often surfaces unforeseen challenges. Your employees are watching to see how front and center you are, and your level of engagement speaks volumes to them about your faith in change and your commitment to see it through. Think of yourself as a “sponsor of change,” the self-chosen one who proactively remains present throughout the transformation process.
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