Dawn’s blog entry last week on Tips for Navigating the Uncertainty of Change really had me thinking. I’m the first person to say that each of us is responsible and accountable for ourselves…and must do whatever it takes to move forward during uncertain times.
As I’m thinking, I step back and ask myself, what is leadership’s responsibility? While they are not responsible for me as an individual, a good leader helps to navigate through change. But who is “leadership?” Is it people with direct reports? To me, leadership is anyone with the ability to influence others (pretty big group of people, huh?)
With that said, I’d like to propose several tips for Leadership in Changing times. So if you are in a role in which you can influence others, consider the following:
- Care about others as individuals, not just workers. Listen. Allow others to share their concerns and don’t feel you always need to provide a solution. Be transparent and acknowledge that change can be difficult, but can open up great opportunities as well. Share how change has opened up opportunities for you in the past.
- Engage others for their ideas. During uncertain times, people begin to form self-doubt. Help to build others confidence and feel respected. Help others “find their place” in the changing environment.
- Assist in the transition from a survival mindset to a futuristic mindset. Ask others questions to help them envision what a new future may look like. Engage in dialogue around the “ideal new reality”. Get others excited and reengaged to be a part of this new future.
These are just a few tips. I recently read two articles that provide some great additional insight. Check them out!