Without These Skills You Won’t Make it as an Organizational Leader – Part 5

Your team and your organization need you to become the best leader you can be. When you improve as a leader, not only you benefit (because you enhance your experience as a leader), but everyone that’s impacted by your leadership.

You owe it to yourself and to the people you lead never to stop improving your leadership skills.

In this series of posts, we examine critical sets of skills you must focus on if you aspire to become the best leader you can be. In fact, without those skills, you won’t make it as a leader. The four set of skills, we’ve seen are:

  • task management (define and assign the work that must get done)
  • time management (prioritize your work so that you would invest your time in activities that matter most)
  • team management (ensure your team members carrying their weight and have everything they need to perform at their best)
  • thought management (assess options so that you can make smart decisions and think about the future of your organization)

The final skill I want to cover in this series is transition management (or change management).

If your organization is healthy, it will go through changes. That is, it’ll continue to progress, to evolve, to innovate, to upgrade its processes, to adopt more efficient tools, etc. It will demand that you guide your team through these various changes and that you make sure your team members make it on the other side of the transition.

Change management is a crucial part of the life of the leader. Many issues arise in times of transition. Team members get use to the current state of things; the leader has to help them get to the new state of things (while the team still has to continue working with the old).

1. Empathy

Through the process of change, leaders have to be empathetic to the reality of their team members and walk with them, step by step, until the team is comfortable with the new “modus operandi” (mode of operation). Effective leaders put themselves in the shoes of their team members and plan the change accordingly.

2 Clear Communication

Unclear communication confuses people, and in times of transition, the last thing you need is confusion. Therefore, leaders must communicate clearly. They must give clear instructions to their team. It’s better to over-communicate than under-communicate. Leaders can afford to leave anything to chance. In times of change, communicate with your team continually. And when it doubt, communicate.

3. Patience

Leaders must take the time to listen to their team members and be sensitive to the speed with which they embrace the change. By the time leaders are ready to implement a change, they’ve already had the change to “digest” the change. It’s not necessarily the same for their team. Leaders must be patient and understand that their team needs time to adjust to the new reality.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.