Change waits for no leader and the skills required for leading day-to-day operations are very different to change leadership
The second key change question all leaders should be able to answer:
Are you aligned on your strategic objectives?
Leadership team alignment is fundamental to the health of an organisation and critical when implement strategic change. We often find organisation’s priorities are ranked very differently by each individual leadership team member. In addition to this, each leader on the same team has something even more important than the ranked priorities of the organisation, they have their own goals and egos. Unless the leadership are aligned, they are a high performing team and have change leadership skills to navigate their change, then no change model or tool, no number of competent resources or external consultants will deliver change successfully. The third process step of the Change Leadership Alignment process is:
Step 3 - Strategic Alignment: The leadership team should be aligned with the organisation's strategic priorities and their vision for change should be prepared.
The strategic change leadership alignment process develops change leadership capability, so the organisation’s leaders are aligned, as a high performing team, with change leadership skills and knowledge to successfully lead your organisation’s change, transformation or improvement to accelerate employee change adoption and deliver sustainable long-term benefits. The five Step Approach to Leadership Alignment include:
1. Change History Assessment©
2. 1:1 Leadership Interviews
3. Strategic Alignment Workshop
4. Develop High Performing Teams
5. Develop Leadership of Change® Capability
Corporate thinking about change management has evolved in recent years and it is considered as a core competence by some leading organisations. Varying degrees of change capability, low employee adoption, lack of sustainability and low benefits realisation have become the drivers to develop corporate change capability. Change capability starts with the top leadership team, they understand previous change history and the barriers to success so they align strategically as a high performing team and then develop the skills and knowledge to successfully deliver future organisational change.
"If more employees were better leaders of change, the organisational benefits would be endless"
More on Change Leadership Alignment: https://www.peterfgallagher.com/change-leadership-alignment
Note: An extract of this article was posted on Linkedin 7th Sep 2020 - https://bit.ly/3d933B3
Peter consults, speaks, and writes on the Leadership of Change®.
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Peter F Gallagher is a Change Management Global Thought Leader, Expert, International Speaker, Author and Leadership Alignment Coach.
Ranked #1 Change Management Global Thought Leader: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Change Management (May 2021 & 2020) by Thinkers360.
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Change Management Handbook - Leadership of Change® Volume 3, listed among the 50 Business and Technology Books from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders to read in 2021.
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