Best Practices for Leading Organizational Change Article Overview

The change leader of tomorrow has recognized that change management as an individual is not possible. A change leader understands through the teamwork of members; successful change is a very rewarding event.

What Will this Article do for Me?

  • Understand the role of a change leader and how to “unfreeze” resistance to change
  • Explore three different change models from thought leaders
  • Evaluate the steps and roles in the change process
  • Apply the components from the change models to a developed model that best suits a real life change occurring in the workplace

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Three Models of Change

Dr. Whitaker presents three models of change from thought leaders that have proposed change theories and change models. Throughout this discussion on best practices for leading organizational change, you will learn and evaluate different theories of change and how these theories apply to initiating change in the real world. Within this article, you will discover interpersonal competencies of change leaders that will help you effectively lead change and enhance your change leader abilities.

Why are People Resistive to Change?

Have you experienced people being resistive to change?  Is resistance natural during the change process?  These questions are quite thought provoking as Dr. Whitaker discusses “unfreezing” individuals, teams, and cultures to only discover that the situation not only tries to stay frozen but attempts to submerge into the form of an iceberg. Members start to flee and hide below the surface with fear, skepticism, and discomfort.  What would you do as a change leader?  These are the topics presented for you to learn the steps to initiate change and roles in the change process.

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To effectively “unfreeze” the situation requires the change leader to be willing to remove the barriers and obstacles to unfreezing the change process. The change leader has to have the confidence to act upon tough situations that are holding back progress that may cause the return of the status quo.  A change leader must become a risk taker willing to stay true to his or her convictions for making the change. In the article, Dr. Whitaker covers essential leadership skills necessary for leading change.

What is a Change Leader?

A change leader is not a person that leads from the top, overuses processes, or tells people what they need to do. A change leader achieves long lasting results by gaining buy-in and commitment through human relations. By building relationships and focusing on the human element of change, successful change occurs.

Human relations are the key to effectively managing change. Without the guidance of change leaders managing the challenges of ongoing change, people may resist change instead of embrace change.  What will you do to embrace change and become a change leader?  Read this article and explore the possibilities.

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Ron Whitaker
Ron is an accomplished entrepreneur involved in developing multiple businesses from the ground up. He is the co-founder of About Leaders, an author, and a start up consultant and investor. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.