Leadership Styles

What is most effective in leading change?


What are the leadership styles that are most effective in leading change and especially in the current environment?

The key themes that emerges from a brief review of the research and literature on styles of leadership are outlined below.

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(1) Good management alone is not enough

Key additional factors are:



    “Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.”

    Bennis




(2) Leadership is required

Leadership is required - in the form of leadership styles:


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(3) The importance of a people-centred leadership styles

The importance of a people-centred leadership that:




(4) Recognising the emotional dimension of leadership styles

Recognising:




Ultimately, the quality of leadership that you provide is one of the top 5 factors that will determine whether you really do succeed and realise the benefits with your step change initiative - or whether -to put it bluntly - you join the long list of 70% failures.

The other 4 factors are:

(1) Determining that you are embarking on a step change that sits outside of business as usual and needs to be handled as a specific initiative.

(2) Using a programme management based approach to your step change initiative

(3) The thoroughness of your pre programme review and planning process

(4) The extent to which you identify and address the cultural change in your organisation that is required to deliver the step change and the desired business benefit.




Leading your people through change and managing the whole messy business


By convention we speak of change “management” but the reality is that change involves leadership as well as management. Leadership styles matter, as the primary causes of failure in change initiatives are all people related, and to do with emotions.leadership styles, define leadership,change management,change managers,change management training So change leadership requires some very special qualities in the person[s] leading the change.

This is more to do with “being” than “doing”. What you do, and how you do it will be largely determined by how you are as a person.

Change is an emotional business. The failure to address the human impacts of change is at the root of most failed change initiatives. It is not enough just to “manage” change; people need to be led through change.




Further resources

Leadership characteristics - The Five Great Practices

Transformational leadership - Successfully inspiring people through change

Leadership quotes

Motivating people - How to inspire your people in tough times

Tao of Change - Zen and the art of change management

Strategies for managing change - 8 key steps to success

Managing Personal Change - Resources HERE




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