||by Dana Henry
Director, Organizational Development, UMass Donahue Institute
Friday, February 26, 2021
Not all leaders are created equal.
The difference a great leader can make within an organization is insurmountable. From inspiring employees to work hard and do their best to achieve business goals, attracting high-caliber talent and keeping them, to creating new opportunities for innovation and organizational change, effective leaders have a big influence on an organization’s success.
To help you learn how to become a more effective leader, here are ten tips for you to takeaway and employ today within your organization:
- Be Self-Aware: Have a high degree of self-awareness when it comes to your strengths and potential personal derailers
- New Opportunities: Always be on the lookout for undiscovered opportunities in innovation to drive meaningful change within your organization
- Be Empathetic: See opportunities for change by empathizing with others and understanding their concerns
- Be Prepared: Build a solid business case for your change initiative by weighing the benefits versus the costs
- Be Collaborative: Involve key stakeholders in developing a shared vision for the proposed change versus only providing your own vision
- Be Communicative: Communicate your vision for change with key stakeholders to help garner true commitment within the organization rather than compliance
- Overcome Barriers: When it comes to change, there are two types of barriers at different levels within the organization you will typically encounter: organizational (obstacles) and individual (objections).
- Change Takes Time: Understand that each individual’s transition through change is unique and personal – knowing that some may take longer to accept the change than others
- Focus on the Benefits: Gain commitment for change within the organization by helping your others understand what is and is not ending – focusing on the benefits and positives of the change
- Cultural Change: Long-term success of organizational change improves when it’s integrated into the organization's culture. As a leader, you must help to define and demonstrate new behavioral norms for the organization to support the change
Interested in learning more? Click here to request more information about the Leadership Excellence Certificate. The first session begins this Spring on April 15, 2021.