Change waits for no leader and the skills required for leading day-to-day operations are very different to change leadership
The first key change question all leaders should be able to answer:
"Do you have a change vision?
One of the first tasks for leaders of change is to develop a change vision, it must inspire the employees and be aligned to the organisation’s strategy, vision and beliefs. The change vision needs to be achievable and compelling, something that the employees can picture and relate to, and a journey they will join you on. Creating the change vision, like all good things, takes time to create. It requires input from key stakeholders and usually requires external input, as well as neutral facilitation. Although it might vary in some organisations, the CEO is typically responsible for creating the change vision and it should also be approved by the board of directors. The board of directors will set the strategic direction of the business and they also have an essential role in organisation governance.
The strategic change leadership alignment process develops change leadership capability, so the organisation’s leaders are aligned, as a high performing team, with change leadership skills and knowledge to successfully lead your organisation’s change, transformation or improvement to accelerate employee change adoption and deliver sustainable long-term benefits. The five Step Approach to Leadership Alignment include:
1. Change History Assessment©
2. 1:1 Leadership Interviews
3. Strategic Alignment Workshop
4. Develop High Performing Teams
5. Develop Leadership of Change® Capability
Corporate thinking about change management has evolved in recent years and it is considered as a core competence by some leading organisations. Varying degrees of change capability, low employee adoption, lack of sustainability and low benefits realisation have become the drivers to develop corporate change capability. Change capability starts with the top leadership team, they understand previous change history and the barriers to success so they align strategically as a high performing team and then develop the skills and knowledge to successfully deliver future organisational change.
"If more employees were better leaders of change, the organisational benefits would be endless"
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Peter F Gallagher is a Change Management Global Thought Leader, Expert, International Speaker, Author and Leadership Alignment Coach.
Ranked #1 Change Management Global Thought Leader: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Change Management (May 2020) by Thinkers360.
Business Book Ranking: Change Management Pocket Guide - Leadership of Change® Volume 2, ranked within the top 50 Business and Technology Books (Jan 2020) from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders.