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Our Role As Leaders During Times Of Change

Posted by Vivian Wong on August 18, 2009


I recently attended a webinar titled “Remarkable Leaders Create Team Alignment” from the The Kevin Eikenberry Group. The seminar content resonated with me really well.

ducks crossing after the storm

I especially liked what Kevin said about our role as leaders during times of change:

Leaders need to focus the team on something positive, uplifting and productive. We don’t deny feelings of past staff cut, it’s our job to have a dialogue with people so they know we do understand them, use them as a jumping off point to get to the goal, re-energize them to give them something to focus on.”

One attendee asked: “How do you keep people calm in the midst of economic crisis?”

Kevin’s response was spot on: “Keeping people focused on the goal is key. We need to re-focus people on the organizational goal to help the organization be more successful and thus improve their chance of keeping their jobs.  The ONLY thing in one’s personal control is to do a great job.

Don’t you find it much more energizing to focus on goals rather than the alligators at your feet?

Working with “what is IN our control” rather than getting paralyzed by “what is OUT of our control” just makes perfect sense to me.

How do you navigate and lead your teams through times of change?

2 Responses to “Our Role As Leaders During Times Of Change”

  1. Meg Bear said

    Finding a path and helping people feel empowered is absolutely the role of leadership, always. I think it’s just that during times of change it’s harder and thus even more important. I was reminded of an important technique for this in a training recently. First explain where you are, how you got there and why where you are relates to where you are going next THEN explain where you are headed. If you can do that, people are going to be a lot more comfortable following you.

  2. Kevin Mackie said

    Great post, Vivian! I heard somewhere that guilt is the most useless emotion, but if that’s true it has to be followed very closely by worrying over things outside of our control. Focusing on what is within our control is a great way to keep the external noise at bay and continue making progress on what really matters.

    @Meg: I like the leadership technique you suggested. Those kinds of explanations from leaders really help build trust, which is the foundation of real teamwork.

    Cheers,
    Kevin

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