“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Jim Collins, the author of the book “Great by choice,” wrote that,
“When a calamitous event clobbers an industry or the overall economy, companies fall into one of the three categories: those who pull ahead, those that fall behind, and those that die. The disruption itself does not determine your category. You do.”
You, as the business owner or leader, can play a significant role in determining which category your business falls. It all depends on how you and your leadership team in the organization responds and changes its leadership capabilities to strive and thrive in the “New Normal” business world.
“Adaptability – the ability to change (or be changed) to fit new circumstances.”
If you want to be a successful leader, you need to learn to become comfortable with uncertainty and makeshift continually. You need to be flexible and deal with uncertainty without losing focus.
The current reality is this: every advance you make as a leader will require a leadershift that changes the way you think, act, and lead.
An excellent reflection point for you as a leader comes from author Malcolm Gladwell
“That’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being – to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.”
Change leadership is not natural, especially when your first start practicing it. Change is most often is associated with leaving behind something that has worked and pursuing something untested and relatively unknown. This change will always create tension between the stability of the past and the uncertainty of future opportunities.
As you prepare your journey of becoming a change leader and master the change leadership practices, the critical path should include five foundational practices: