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5 Questions to Ask When Leading Change

5 Questions to Ask When Leading Change

Change requires leaders to be at the top of their game. It means completing the current work while shifting or adding something new.

The numerous acquisitions, mergers, and general business changes occurring in the marketplace today create an opportunity for new and interesting assignments. Leaders can forget to prepare themselves for the change while putting all their attention into the business strategies and logistics.

Use these five questions to determine how best to serve the organization and prepare for the challenges that will surely lie ahead.

1. Do I understand what’s at stake?

What’s the situation and am I committed to leading myself and others through this change? What are my pre-conceived notions about how the change will impact myself, the business, organization, culture, process, or people?

2. Am I willing to do what it takes to make this a success?

What does success look like? Am I willing to make the commitment to lead the change, even if it means standing alone? If so, what are the three to five specific goals I wish to accomplish during this transition?

3. How will I get others committed and engaged to make the change?

Who is important to implementing the change? How will people react to the change? What will it take create a sense of urgency to get others engaged? What’s my plan to build the relationships and trust to execute the change?

4. What do I need to do to lead this change?

What are my leadership strengths and vulnerabilities in leading this change? What leadership skills and behaviors will be necessary to perform at my best? How will I approach this change while juggling the other aspects of my role?

5. When the going gets tough, how will I motivate myself and others?

How will small victories be celebrated? How will I provide feedback and inspire others as they work in a new way? How will I remove obstacles and impediments when they get in the way?

These questions can help you assess the situation and determine where you are headed. Then develop your change goals, and engage others who can help you make it happen. Be sure to pay attention to the impact your leadership has on others and make the appropriate adjustments that lead to successful outcomes.