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“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~ Victor Frankl
Victor Frankl understood that there is more than one way to make a change. It’s not always feasible to change a situation, but we can always make changes in ourselves that may make it easier to accept the situation or make an impact on it.
Change is defined: to become different; to make (someone or something) different; or to become something else.
To be a leader you must be all about change and know the power of change.
Not everyone adapts well to change and some resist change throughout their life. However, successful people know that change is necessary in order to grow. By constantly improving upon yourself, you inevitably experience change. Although some of those changes will not be visible to others, they are changes nonetheless.
It’s much the same in business – outsiders may notice the external changes in a business but internal changes (that are not noticeable to the consumer) can have a big impact on the culture, future and certainly the bottom line of a business.
The importance of change has not gone unnoticed in the leadership world. Leaders not only understand the power of change but can distinguish areas of an organization that need change – whether it’s a change in staff or a change in process or a change in equipment. There are always opportunities for an organization to make changes – small or large – and make a difference for the better.
Leaders demonstrate tolerance and a positive attitude. They know change doesn’t come easy for everyone and sometimes change is very difficult. Leaders excel in managing change initiatives smoothly, understanding cultural dynamics, hurdling roadblocks, and creating a receptive environment for change to take place. Leaders have the ability to communicate their vision of change and defend convincingly the need for the change. They are not afraid to challenge the status quo when they know the change will create positive results. They possess a strong skill set in planning, project management, team building, decision making, and communication.
Leadership requires a different mentality and skill set in order to continuously innovate and take your organization to new places. If things are becoming stagnant in a business, more than likely it is time to make some changes.
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- What changes do you need to make in your department or organization?
- How can you be an example of a leader who consistently drives change?
- How can you be a leader who helps adjust to new processes?
Leave a comment and tell me about your experience with change.