Have you ever worked with someone that wanted to change how things were done?
Maybe it was a boss or a new leader who wanted the team to change direction? Maybe it was a colleague who wanted to fix something that they saw as broken.
I recently encountered a leader like that. This person was pushy and relentless toward change. He expected everyone to comply with his direction. However the more he pushed the more people resisted the change. Soon after, morale was in the dumps. Then resentment and anger set in. The leader couldn’t understand why people became so resistant to him and the changes he wanted to make.
This is what I shared with him. People aren’t always resistant to change. However, they are resistant to leaders who don’t communicate effectively about why the change is necessary.
See people are smart. They are creative too. Before they will adopt and support any change, they must believe in the cause. They must believe in “the why” of change. Most importantly, they must believe in the leader before they will follow.
So my message is simply this…if you want to lead change, you must be transparent with your people. Tell them the why? Make sure they understand the purpose for change. Also, make sure they understand you. Make sure they believe in you.
If they don’t know “the why”, if they don’t understand you, and believe in you, there will be no change to lead.
PS – For more insights on how you can effectively lead change, check out my book The Presidential Principles.