Change is the core ingredient of growth and in business change calls for vision, a driving team and a tight context if it is to be produced successfully and positively. This is why sound leadership is so important in a business.
But while talking about change, it is necessary to not chuck the baby out with the bath-water in that, on the other side of the coin is the value of consistency which is also important, specifically in processes that relate to products or services, quality control, cashflow and even, to an extent, natural development.
So, these two opposing ideas must coexist in a healthy and balanced business. Exactly how do we realize that? The answer is to realise that effective companies need both change and also consistency, change is the realm of leaders while consistency the territory of supervisors.
Considering this pair side by side, it is not very difficult to see why consistency and change (indeed managers and leaders) are often challenging to unify.
From this post in YFS, Stuart Hayes explores the key elements of great leadership and how these aspects work together to produce positive and lasting change. As an experienced leader, he utilizes this formula to deliver the transformation involving a practical four step procedure.
1st ACTION — ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS
ACTION 2– FEELING THE MOTIVE
ACTION 3– DESIGN A SIMPLE PLAN OF ACTION
ACTION 4– ACCOMPLISH POSITIVE & SUSTAINABLE CHANGE
And after considerable detail on these four points he sums up making positive change to your business like this:
Notably, as leader, the code of conduct or ‘context’ you establish around your team and also its behavior is fundamental to their capability to stick together and achieve outcomes. Your group will look to you to live up to this code at all times and as you do it will start to take on a life and power of its very own.
This is where staying on track and accomplishing positive and lasting change requires your individual dedication, guts as well as discipline: following the message you teach and getting in touch with your group in an authentic fashion when delivering it is very important.
Your capability to develop and uphold a powerful context is directly commensurate to your capability to do these things, and with a solid context your team will self regulate; self align; move mountains; and then generate the favorable and lasting changes you want.
My recommendation– Take a deep breath and be prepared to be human, to admit mistakes and to be open to change yourself. You will certainly be appreciated and also followed as a leader in a far more powerful manner when you have the guts to do these things.