Putting the right people at the helm has launched many high profile, highly successful turnarounds, from Jack Welch in his early days at GE to Meg Whitman at eBay.
But companies don't have to fire the entire C-suite to put "new" leadership in place, says Barbara Trautlein, author of Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks (www.changecatalysts.com). ?"Leadership is the key to successful major organizational change, which has had a failure rate of 70 percent for decades," she says. "It is possible to lead successful and sustainable change - if it's led effectively. The problem has been that, so often, it's not."
Workforces in every industry - from manufacturing to service to healthcare to high tech - are confused and bruised, she says. Employees in this economy thirst for guidance but are distrustful and disenfranchised - not engaged, empowered, or equipped to do what is needed to help their organizations transform to survive and thrive.
The solution? Those who lead change must first change themselves.
Trautlein shares five simple but effective ways to accomplish that:
The good news: None of these prescriptions require leaders to change who they are.
"They are all about shifts in mindsets and behaviors. It's about the flexibility to adapt our leadership approach to get us all where we need to go," Trautlein says. It's amazing how when we change, others change.
"It's been said before - because it's true: Be the change you wish to see in the world. That's leadership."
Barbara Trautlein is a change leadership consultant, author, international speaker, and researcher with more than 25 years of experience partnering with organizations to lead change that sticks. She helps all levels of leaders in achieving their personal and professional goals, from Fortune 50 companies to small- and mid-sized businesses, in industries ranging from steel mills to sales teams, refineries to retail, and healthcare to high tech.
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