Every leader must aspire to be a change agent
To inspire and motivate a successful team you need to have a clear vision.
Every day you should be looking for ways to improve as a leader and inspire your team.
Continually updating and improving existing working practices within the company is essential to ensure that it is reaching its potential.
It takes a decisive and astute leader to shape the future of a business and effect lasting change through all layers of the organisation.
With this in mind, to be a change agent you must have an intrinsic understanding of people and the organisation fully to be able to deliver effective transformation.
Here’s how you can achieve this.
A catalyst for change
It is not just having a vision for your business, it is having the insight to know what needs to be done and the capability to enforce it.
A true change agent is a visionary who gets things done, empowers their employees and is a good communicator.
They are ahead of the curve and have an awareness of the latest developments in your industry before everyone else.
Change is hard work and requires a lot of energy from everyone throughout the company.
It would not be achieved without clarity of vision from a leader and someone who is completely passionate and dedicated to the company and everyone in it.
A change agent has all the qualities of a great leader so all people in management roles should aspire to reach this level in order to create meaningful change in their organisation.
- Having a clear vision and strategy for the organisation
- Taking into account the existing organisational culture
- The organisation’s capability for change
- Will your colleagues be engaged with the changes you wish to make?
If these points are being addressed sufficiently then the leader has succeeded in the role of change agent.
Having interaction with all levels of the team can help provide the leader with the information they need to ensure that any new moves are carefully measured and that the organisation is capable of delivering with the resources available.
Sometimes change agents may hit a roadblock when they take into account the existing organisational culture and previous failed attempts to implement change.
But it’s important to be a problem solver to be a successful leader.
If you are going to be a leader you cannot fall at the first hurdle.
It’s more than just business
The role of the business leader is an ethical and moral one as well as to make money.
The changes you make within the organisation will ripple throughout all the company’s activities and have effects on everyone you come into contact with in your professional life as well as those who use the product or service of the company you manage.
To be an effective change agent you need to be a well-rounded individual who is personable and who can relate to people.
You also need a moral awareness of the effects of your business decisions beyond the immediate community of the business and in the interests of your clients.
This is just as important as having a sharp business mind.
Once this is achieved you will reap countless rewards in both business and personal awareness.
Not everyone realises what is required to be a true change agent when they embark on this path but it is a rich voyage of self-discovery and professional development.
If you require further assistance in delivering change within your organisation, please feel free to contact me via email or Facebook and Twitter, and I will endeavour to answer any queries you may have.