Need for Change Leaders
David Wilson, Manager, CanadaLeaders need to be flexible, change champions
If a leader does not accept change, then perhaps they are the wrong person in the right job, change should be clearly communicated, consistent with business strategies, and well planned. Commitment (by a core group
) and motivation are necessary.
Change is an opportunity to create a creative and innovative organization. It is not always bad, when it fails, it maybe the due to the top, middle or bottom of the organization. Depending upon the nature of change a top-down approach
(Kotter, 1996, p.21) or a bottom-up approach
(Quinn, 1996, p.6) could be preferable.
Barriers and resistance are reduced by
open communications, listening to concerns, educating through facts, and looking to the future. Fullan (2001) states that organizations need great leaders (e.g. transformational) who challenge us… to learn new ways to make more good things happen (pp.1-4). To do this, leaders must “pursue moral purpose, understand change, develop relationships, foster knowledge building, etc." (p.11).