• Peter F Gallagher

Change Leadership Alignment - Step 5: Do You Have Change Leadership Skills?

Updated: Jul 21

Change waits for no leader and the skills required for leading day-to-day operations are very different to change leadership

The fifth key change question all leaders should be able to answer:

Do you have the change leadership skills to lead your organisation's change or transformation?

Leadership team alignment is fundamental to the health of an organisation and critical when implementing strategic change. We often find an 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 fifth process step of the Change Leadership Alignment process is:

Step 5 - Develop Leadership of Change® Capability: Change management gamification will be used for experiential learning during a change case study where the leadership team assesses, selects and implements their chosen change tactics through three simulation change phases: Plan, Execute and Sustain.


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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 includes:

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.

"Organisational change leadership is about effectively and proactively articulating the vision, modelling the new way and intervening to ensure sustainable change”

More on Change Leadership Alignment: https://www.peterfgallagher.com/change-leadership-alignment

Note: This article was posted on Linkedin 21st Jul 2021

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 and 2020) by Thinkers360.

Ranked #2 Business Strategy Global Thought Leader: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Change Management (Dec 2020) by Thinkers360.

Ranked #2 Leadership Global Thought Leader: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Change Management (Aug 2020) by Thinkers360.

Business Book Ranking:

Change Management Handbook - Leadership of Change® Volume 3, listed among the 50 Business and Technology Books from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders to read in 2021.

Change Management Pocket Guide - Leadership of Change® Volume 2, ranked within the top 50 Business and Technology Books (Jan 2020) from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders.


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