Behaviors of effective leaders during organizational changes

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Successful leaders at all levels in the organization have to see changes as transforming old models of working by developing new ones and use all opportunities they have to reach positive results in the business environment. They should try to make the ‘change mentality’ contagious, embedding it into everything they do, from daily interactions to the most complex strategies. What is more, Harvard Business Review describes five leaders behaviors that encourages the organization to change and says that the combination of them can create a competitive advantage for the organization.

Always see the opportunity: To introduce change into your company culture, managers need to see the opportunities that will allow them to do their daily work in a more productive way. Leaders need to look beyond this month or this year to identify trends and take action.

Be aware of what’s not working: Leaders have to understand that during the change process, something might not go as good as expected. However, they can not give up. Companies must explore what is going wrong and learn from the situation instead. Hence, employees can feel psychologically safe to share not only what is going well, but also what is not working properly or even negative experiences.

Promote experimentation: Leaders often try to get the answer to the question ”why?”, before they decided to do some changes. But instead, they need to have the answer to the question ”why not?” and give more room for experimentations.

Look for partnerships: After changes at work become more complex, it takes a lot of time and energy from all employees to adapt to new ways of working. Especially, this happens a lot when organizations make changes not only in the way they work but also in technology and tools.

Share a strong purpose: A clear purpose that states positive results is definitely a stimulating aspect that encourages changes. People need an answer to the question “Why?”, ‘’Why do I need to do things differently?’’. The answers can fight the resistance to change. The answer needs to focus on what is important, providing an irresistible invitation to come along.

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Why changes are important?

Business in this fast-moving environment is looking for the opportunity to change old ways of working into new ones- more efficient, modern, faster.This is important for any organization because, without change, businesses would likely lose their competitive edge and fail to meet their objectives.

Here we listed five leaders behaviors that every manager should consider when approaching changes within an organization. However, having the right attitude does not mean that you are prepared to start embracing the change. The second step is having and implementing the right change management strategy. Silverside created the PACE methodology that is applicable to every step of the change within your organization.

During our working practice, we see that in order to introduce and implement new ways of working, in other words, to initiate changes you need much more than the right approach. A concrete methodology based on your company culture is needed. Silverside PACE methodology gives your company the best strategy on how to make changes in your unique organization. Download PACE whitepaper and find out more.