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Smart leaders are not too impressed with themselves. They recognize that head grapes have more personal influence within certain employee groups than they do. They understand leadership is about trust and relationship; it is not about position. Recognizing this truth, they seek out influencers in organization. They strive to get influencers onboard with change. They understand power of relationships, and they put that power to work. They work with head grapes to affect change so that they don’t have to push against head grapes’ resistance.
4. They break change into “bite-sized” pieces
Smart leaders understand that people need both information and time to accept a change. They also realize that they can’t wait forever to get everyone onboard. So, they break big changes into small pieces that people are willing to accept more quickly.
By moving in stages, smart leaders move their organizations with steady forward progress instead of periodic quantum leaps.
5. They build positive momentum
By breaking big changes into bite-sized pieces, smart leaders set themselves up to build positive momentum. Smart leaders know that an early failure or setback can create more resistance later -- even if they overcome initial setback.
Building a record of quick, early wins helps people accept upsets that will happen on way to success. Smart leaders understand power of momentum -- either positive or negative. They break changes into small pieces then pick their first move because it has a high-probability of success.
Copyright 2005, Guy Harris
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Guy Harris is a Recovering Engineer. He helps entrepreneurs, business managers, and other organizational leaders improve team performance by applying the principles of human behavior. http://www.principledriven.com
Guy co-authored "The Behavior Bucks System(tm)" to help parents. http://www.behaviorbucks.com