4 Behaviours Of Leaders Who Effectively Deal With Change

Change is all around us, but do you know how to do deal with it effectively? Below are four behaviours that set the effective leaders apart from the not so effective leaders.

Effective communication

As a team leader, your ability to communicate effectively is what will put people at ease and reduce the stress associated with change. Prompt your team to ask you questions and make sure you ask questions back. Having people repeat back information is one of the most effective ways of ensuring they know it.

Look ahead and see the opportunity

You might view this as a role of senior leadership, but it is just as important that you remain optimistic and find opportunity ahead. Look towards striking conversations with your team about opportunities.What are your customers wanting currently? What new trends will impact your organisation? What can we do to further adapt to this current environment?

Asking yourself and your team opportunity-seeking questions will put things into perspective and create a shared vision to strive towards to.

Hold everyone accountable

Accountability is one of the hardest skills to maintain in times of change. Disruptions to normalcy may cause breakdowns in communication and negatively affect work completion. That is why it is integral during times of change that you put measures in place to ensure everyone is held accountable, including yourself. Communicate tasks, set deadlines, review feedback and have a monitoring system in place to ensure that work is being completed.

Holding yourself and your team accountable during times of change will lessen the disruption to your organisation and will not compromise on work efficiency.

Support employees

In business, the idea of inertia, i.e. the resistance to change, is at the forefront of most human resource strategies. When normal life is disrupted or changed, human beings are going to be uncomfortable.