Great leaders become great only after they understand that their first job is to create a culture that thrives on purposeful change. In fact they embrace the fact that culture is the accelerator of change. Toxic cultures avoid change by taking their foot off of the pedal and slamming the brakes, but excited and engaged cultures not only push the gas. They put the pedal to the metal.
The 8 Accelerators of Change
The bottom line is this. Great leaders understand that change can only be made by people, not the leader, and when more people are making change, the organization is accelerating change. There are 8 accelerators that leaders must consider if they want to make change and make it rapidly. The better leaders get at employing these accelerators, the more change and the more sustained change they will see.
Here are 8 strategies that great leaders employ to get substantial change.
- How you treat people,
- How you listen to people,
- How you create a system of continuous improvement,
- How you confront change decelerators (negative people, confusion, frustration),
- How you invite people and new ideas to the table of change,
- How you empower others to lead change with you,
- How you communicate the positive growth along the way,
- How you reflect, refine and revise change along the way.
Change is hard, but it's really hard in a negative culture. Change is implemented easiest when leaders remember that they're not there to change an organization. They're called to change people. They're called to change minds and the paradigms inside them. If leaders will always remember that leadership is about influence, empowerment and instilling confidence in followers, change will not only happen. It will happen at a rapid rate.