Recently, the subject of leadership and change has undergone several criticisms both on the national and global front.
The emergence of the global pandemic covid 19 among others fuelled the ordeal. In all these, however, the thrust of the discussion had been on the talks only but what if we take a look at leading the change that we want to see ourselves?
I know you may want to ask the question ‘HOW’ especially when the issues are on a national level. Well, change begins on a small scale before affecting the masses. Let us take a dive and look at what leading change means.
Change comes in different types but leading change is spearheading a change that will create a long-lasting effect that is significant and systematic. This is what I describe as transformational change. Change does not occur at once, rather, it takes time and effort to achieve it.
To want to lead a change, you must understand what kind of change that is, how you can achieve that and why you want that change. It is not enough to just wake up from bed one day and say “Hola, today I want to lead a change”.
A lot of thinking, planning, and brainstorming goes into leading a transformational change because the change is going to affect systems, cultures, structures, and management that are already in place. Culture and systems are not elements that can be changed easily.
There again pointing to the earlier point that change takes time.
To kick start a transformational change, your orienting point will be “your why’’. “Your Why” brings out the purpose behind the change you wish to implement. For the record, identifying ‘’your why” can be difficult at times. It is “your why” that will attract and connect others to the change you are bringing on board.
Remember, no man is an island hence you will need people to work with in order to cause this change to happen. “Your why” must be communicated in all honesty and sincerity.
After that is identified, a plan which serves as a road map or better still a compass can be drawn around it in order to commence the implementation of the change. That’s not all…..
You must understand the change you want to cause and hence must ask these questions which will be a guideline to specifically identify that change.
1. What are you trying to change?
2. Who will be affected/impacted by the change?
3. Who will be involved in the change?
4. What change do you want to see?
5. What is the best way to drive the change?
These questions are a head start to driving the change you want to see. It shapes the vision of the change along a part that leaves an impacting mark. This change is one that you must take the lead on it. You don’t just figure it out and leave it for people to implement.
They need to see you set that example and be committed to it before they can come along. This brings me to the fact that change begins with you as an individual. If you can’t change “YOU”, you can’t change “ANYONE”.
Think carefully about the change you want to drive, have a strategy, communicate it, bring people on board, gather resources, and work with commitment and consistency to achieve it.
If you want the change so badly, be and lead it and it will make a significant impact a time to come.
Author: Ruby Nana Afua Botchway | Fellow of the Central Leadership Program