We are in an unprecedented time of leadership where information and knowledge are changing daily, which requires leaders and society to work through dynamic change every day.
“If there is one thing that’s certain in business, it is uncertainty.”
I am fortunate enough to work with very successful leaders who are high performers in their given industries and organizations. They all have a bold vision, define clear strategic imperatives, seek change and align teams to accomplish the uncommon. They also have been doing an amazing job of navigating through this dynamic change. Below are the practices which are creating great outcomes for their teams and organization:
These leaders are listening closely to the dialogue of their teams, community, customers and marketplace to understand how the world dynamics are impacting the many. They place high value on the conversations they participate in through every channel.
Leaders who effectively navigate changes maintain an open mind to all ideas and concepts. They are clear on their own perspective, and they are not limiting the success of their company based on their own view. They seek out multiple views to gain a clear read on the situation and possibilities.
Strong leaders look for potential opportunities in every situation that arises. They are asking their teams for ways to adapt, be nimbler, and/or provide an even better approach to how they deliver a product or service. This is how leaders harness resilience.
Especially during times of dynamic change, leaders need to make space to reflect on the events of the day and world to define what is working, what they can add or change and what else is present that they are not seeing or understanding.
Poised for Action
Leaders understand uncertainty can breed fear in others and the need to fight, flight, or freeze may emerge. Given the presence of fear, change management leaders have a plan to take daily positive and forward action which supports the team, the organization and the marketplace. Take out the distractions, and move forward.
Executive leaders and managers embrace problems and seek to solve them quickly and effectively by engaging the hearts, minds and ideas of those around them. This helps create unity, which strengthens the team and maintains momentum.
“Problems are guidelines, not stop signs.”
Robert H. Schueller
What else helps you successfully navigate through dynamic change?