From a recent article in YFS – (Young, Fabulous and Self Employed) Stuart Hayes examines the different elements involved in making sure that you can both adapt to and embrace change in your business.
Change is the main ingredient of growth and in business change calls for vision, a driving team and a tight context if it is to be produced successfully as well as positively. This is why effective leadership is so essential in an organization.
However while taking a look at change, it is essential to not throw the baby out with the bathwater in that, on the flipside to change is the value of consistency which is likewise essential, especially in processes that relate to products or services, quality, profits and perhaps, to some extent, natural development.
So, this pair of contradictory ideas need to exist side-by-side in a healthy and balanced company. How do we achieve that? The answer is to understand that effective companies require change along with consistency, change being the specialty of leaders and consistency the specialty of supervisors.
Taking into consideration these two side-by-side, it is not difficult to see why consistency and change (in fact business managers and business leaders) are regularly challenging to unify.
In this short article, Stuart delves into the main aspects of excellent leadership including how these aspects work together to produce favorable and sustainable transformation. As an experienced leader, the formula he makes use of to deliver this adaptation entails a simple four-step process as outlined below.
STEP 1– Ask The Tough Questions, STEP 2– Feel The Why, STEP 3– Develop A Straightforward Plan And STEP 4– Achieve Positive & Sustainable Change. After going into considerable detail on these four points he sums up making positive change as follows:
Notably, as leader, the code of conduct or ‘context’ you set up around your team and also its behavior is fundamental to their capacity to unify and then accomplish results. Your team will certainly look to you to live by this code at all times and as you do it will start to take a life and power all of its own.
This is where staying on track and also accomplishing positive and lasting change requires your individual commitment, nerve and discipline: being consistent with the message you preach and then connecting with your group in a genuine way when delivering it is very important.
Your capacity to develop and maintain a solid context is directly proportional to your ability to do these things, and with a strong context your group will certainly self manage; self align; move mountains; and create the favorable and lasting changes you desire.
My suggestion– Take a deep breath and be prepared to be human, to acknowledge shortcomings and to be open to change yourself. You will certainly be appreciated as well as followed as a leader in a far more powerful fashion when you have the courage to do these things.