“Change is the key element of growth and in business change requires vision, a driving team and a tight context if it is to be produced successfully and favorably. This is why successful leadership is so important in a business,” Says Stuart Hayes in a recent article.
However while talking about change, it is essential to not toss the baby out with the bath-water considering that, on the other side of the coin is the importance of consistency which is also vital, particularly in processes that relate to product line, quality, cashflow and perhaps, to some extent, organic growth.
So, these two contradictory concepts should exist side-by-side in a healthy company. Exactly how do we develop that? The solution is to recognize that successful businesses require change together with consistency, change is the territory of business leaders and consistency being the specialty of business managers.
Thinking about these two side-by-side, it is not difficult to see why consistency together with change (indeed business managers and business leaders) are often testing to join together.
In his article, Stuart explores the core aspects of skillful leadership including how these elements combine to achieve positive and sustainable change. He says, “As a professional leader, the formula I utilize to deliver this transformation involves an easy but powerful 4-step procedure which I highly recommend,”
1st STEP– ASK YOURSELF THE HARD QUESTIONS
2nd STEP– FEEL THE INTENTION
3rd STEP– CREATE A SIMPLE, STRAIGHTFORWARD PLAN OF ACTION
4th STEP– ATTAIN POSITIVE & SUSTAINABLE CHANGE.
After going into considerable detail on these four points he sums up making positive change: Importantly, as leader, the code of conduct or ‘context’ you develop around your group as well as its behavior is central to their capability to unify and then accomplish results. Your team will certainly look to you to uphold this code at all times and when you do it will certainly begin to take a life and power of its own.
This is where staying on track and achieving positive and lasting change requires your individual commitment, nerve and discipline: following the message you preach and then connecting with your team in a genuine way when delivering it is important.
Your capability to create and uphold a compelling context is directly proportional to your ability to do these things, and with a solid context your group will certainly self regulate; self align; move mountains; and generate the favorable and sustainable changes you want.
My tip– Take a deep breath and then be prepared to be human, to acknowledge mistakes and to be open to change yourself. You will be valued and then followed as a leader in a far more compelling way when you have the guts to do these things.
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