Wednesday, July 17, 2019

“Change Fit” Leadership

The noble purposes of change are to pursue simplicity and improvement.

We live in a world where change is the new norm and if we don't embrace it, accept it, roll with it or make it happen, we're not going to be successful. While there are many components of leadership, one of the most important ones is the ability to adapt, model and influence change. The leadership team must push the change agenda and pull the resources to achieve it.

Leadership is about the future and change: The rate of change has accelerated, indicating that business leaders must learn how to strike a balance between managing complex issues today and forecasting the uncertain issues of tomorrow. Change or transformational leaders are the responsible top executives in the organization in which change has to be implemented. Change is the new normal, the speed of change is increasing in the digital era. Digital transformation is the large-scale change effort, represents a break from the past, to change the "nature" of something, with a high level of impact and complexity. The senior leadership team must push the change agenda and pull the resources to achieve it. The highly effective change leaders can clarify vision, provide clear directions, bring cohesive processes, and stand by their word and motivate. Transformational leaders can provide the direction, mission, strategy, as well as leadership skills such as delegation, decision-making, and monitoring. Change leadership concerns the driving forces, visions, and processes that fuel large-scale transformation. It represents the political will to go for the change. 

A change agent is not a title, but the game-changing mindset and the fine-tuned skill sets: The fixed or rigid mind usually won’t allow a person to think beyond a point. Those mindsets can be described as static, defensive, resist, or reject, anything that affects the cozy comfort zone. In today's work environment. It takes a lot of energy to break old habits and outdated thought processes, but change is happening at a much more rapid pace. Change can flow on the surface whereas transformation needs to permeate into business vision, strategy, culture, communication, and processes etc. The best judgment and a qualitative approach are crucial for managing risk in large scale change. A change agent leader has the right dose of risk appetite and the good attitude to drive change because it takes courage, confidence, and intelligence to overcome the “fear of failure” and manage risks effectively.

The term “Change Fit” can be interpreted with a degree of variability: At the individual level, change fit starts with digital mindsets and a set of digital skills and capabilities. To deal with fast-paced changes and continuous disruptions, growth mindset and cognitive intelligence are in strong demand to ride learning curves and make the progressive movement. Fit doesn’t mean that everyone needs to have the same thought process, the same personalities, the same preferences, the same experiences or take the same approach for changes. It is, therefore, important to stimulate positive emotions for building the changing habits, such as openness to new ideas and perspectives; optimism for things getting better; passion to discover, and empathy to understand the big “WHY” behind changes. Each person has a different level of knowledge (the consciousness about a problem) and reacts to environmental changes. Change and learning need to go hand-in-hand. Without learning agility, you cannot make change progressively. The learning plasticity significantly enforces people’s adaptability. It also makes things possible for everyone to be on the same page, speaks the same language and fosters an atmosphere of openness to accelerate change at the top.

The noble purposes of change are to pursue simplicity and improvement. Good critical thinking skills, a high level of adaptability, learning agility, communication and engagement skills are all crucial traits of change champion.The digital leaders with high-changeability can navigate the business toward the uncharted water and drive change more confidently.


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