Leading a strategy that requires employees to voluntarily choose to change their behavior may be the most difficult challenge a leader will ever face. What is it that top leaders do to instill the desire, ownership, engagement, alignment and sense of shared accountability for the desired results that triggers these voluntary changes in behavior? We have the answers.
Once senior leaders have a firm grasp and clear vision of the critical results that must be realized, leading that change and cultivating a sense of shared accountability up and down the organization will accelerate achievement of those desired results. Most often, in order to accomplish new goals and strategies, and to achieve better results in the future, requires employees to change their behaviors (the way they think and act). With these voluntary shifts in behavior in place, leadership sets the stage for accelerated change.
We introduce proven principles, tools and models to equip and prepare leaders and managers to lead change, foster your optimal culture and nurture a mindset within all employees that your organization’s identified ‘must-achieve desired results’ become viewed as ‘everyone’s job.’ With this conviction in place, employees voluntarily tap into their discretionary performance area to contribute more fully. Those desired results begin to manifest in the way that employees go about their work.
Creating this clarity and shift, increases alignment, nurtures collaboration, strengthens teamwork, improves communication, instills focus and determination, forges camaraderie, spawns creativity and innovation and deepens employee engagement and morale. Most importantly it breeds a ‘can-do’ mindset versus the destructive thinking that results from the toxic emotions of playing the blame-game. As a result, levels of personal and organizational accountability soar to new heights.
Accelerated achievement of desired results can be accomplished through consistent focused attention over time on a few practical, pragmatic and memorable principles. However, it is a process and as such requires constant practice and application. The good news is these principles and skills can be learned, refined and perfected.
- Leadership and Management – The Correct Ratio is Crucial
- Becoming a Change Leader – Internalize versus Externalize
- True Urgency – Engage a Critical Mass
- The Power of Volunteerism
- Creating a Winnable Game
Frequency and consistency with these practices is the key – not how well or skilled a leader may be with each of these. As leaders become deliberate and focused with these principles they strengthen their ability to lead and sustain crucial change efforts.