6 Ways Leaders Embrace Change

I’ve shared a lot about change. You know change is going to happen. You know you have to be okay with change happening…

But one thing I haven’t shared a lot about is what you can do, as a leader, about change. We’re going to lot at the things a leader can do to embrace change.

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These are habits and actions that will help you overcome your resistance to change and to grow your organization. You won’t be left holding the change basket anymore. You’ll be the one sprinkling change like a fairy.

6 Ways Leaders Embrace Change

1. Be A Listener:

One of the fastest ways to become a leader who embraces change is to become a listener. As you practice the art of listening, you begin to hear things you used to miss.

Why You Should Embrace Change

Leading Through Change

I can hear your groans as I type this. Why, oh why, should I embrace change?

Change is difficult. Change is yucky. And change means things will be different.

You’re correct on all of those accounts. I won’t deny change is difficult, yucky, or even different. Change can be all of those things.

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But change is also good. Change brings life and newness to your organization.

Why You Should Embrace Change

Change brings life:

That’s the first reason you should embrace change. Change will help your organization evolve and grow.

When I think of this, I think of what Ken Harrison is doing with the Christian men’s ministry of Promise Keepers. I heard Ken speak at Barn Base Camp in August.

He shared about his life. Then he shared about Promise Keepers and what they’re doing.

Things Are Changing, Changing, Changing

Leading Through Change

Yup, you heard me right. Things Are Changing, Changing, Changing…

On this blog. In your world. Everywhere around you.

Change is constantly happening. You cannot stop change. You can only try to hold off change for so long before it overcomes you.

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That’s okay. You and I need to learn how to be okay with a constantly changing world. If we’re not, we will get left behind and we soon won’t recognize the world we’re in.

Even with embracing change, you may not recognize the world. Change happens and it happens fast.

Things Are Changing, Changing, Changing

Things are changing. We know that. We have to live with this truth. But what is changing?

In the broadest sense, everything is changing. Your

  • Business is changing. New customers are coming. Old customers are leaving. What you do in business has been tweaked. How you do business is different. Your business is changing.

Helping Your Team Navigate Changes

Leading Through Change

Change will not only impact you. Your team will be impacted by changes in their lives and in your organization.

Are you prepared to help navigate them through the changes they will face? You better.

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As a leader, you have a responsibility to help them through the changes they will face. They are looking to you for guidance. They are looking to you for assurance things will be okay.

You get to be the strong one. You get to be the one who helps your team navigate change.

But how do you help your team navigate change? What can be done to make change easier on your team?

Great question! Let’s take a look at what you can do to help your team deal with change.

Helping Your Team Navigate Changes

You have a responsibility to your team to help them get through change. They will struggle without your guidance and assistance.

Dealing With Negative Changes

Leading Through Change

Change is coming. Some of the change will be good change. Maybe you’re getting a raise or a promotion. Maybe you’re finally getting married. Or maybe you just paid off your mortgage.

There are good changes. These changes are the ones that are typically easy to navigate and lead through.

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But what happens when there is negative change? What do you do then?

We will all face negative change. This change will challenge you and make you squirm. It’ll tell you that you’re not good enough or you’re not wanted.

Yet you can navigate through the negative change. YOU can make it through!

Dealing With Negative Changes

Negative changes will come at you hard. They’ll make your head spin and wonder what you’re going to do.

Maybe your star team member decided to jump ship and go to the competition. Now you’re looking for a new team member and your competition has an all-star employee.