Harold Wilson, the former British Prime Minister, once said, “He who rejects change is the architect of decay.”
There are two ways we handle change. Either one reacts to change that he’s confronted with or one tries to allow the change to happen.
Bearing this in mind we need leaders that are willing and able to take on a positive attitude and engaging role towards change.
Leadership is critical to fostering positive change in any environment. Effective leaders model an openness to change. Gandhi taught that, “People need to be the change they wish to see in the world.”
This is especially true of great leaders. Their positive attitude regarding change is essential for success. A strong leader displays a positive mindset to the challenge that can bring better results to the organization.
A transformational leader focuses on positive change to help others to look out for each other, to be encouraging and harmonious, and to look out for the organization as a whole.
With this leadership mindset, the leader enhances each person’s talent, morale and performance of his followers through positive change.
If you want to create positive change, you have to focus on the four L’s of leadership:
Loving-You have to love people in order to create any positive change. I never met any great leader who dislikes people or complained about people.
The word loving can come across as soft to describe a concept of leadership, but it’s really about caring from the heart for the people you lead.
Listening-If you truly love people, you have to hear what people say. You care to hear their views and listen intently to their feelings. If we are talking, we are not listening.
Learning-When you begin to listen, you begin to learn. As a leader, growth never stops. You continue to be the student throughout your life.
Leading-When you love, listen and learn, than you are qualified to lead.
The world needs great leaders, selfless individuals who are committed to creating positive changes in themselves and others. Change begins with us.
As you consider your leadership responsibilities, what change(s) needs to be made?
Are you aware of the role you play in facilitating change?