Time to Change

Change is natural. Or at least it should be. It is our resistance to change that creates anxiety. Grasping onto outdated ways is harmful to our psyche. Yet, pace is also important. Changing too fast can also cause injury. As ever, it’s about balance.

If we are stable and balanced within, we can navigate and lead others in the change process without resistance. To lead is to demonstrate. The leader’s behaviour on a day to day basis is what counts in any change management programme. Erratic, stressful responses to situations that do not go according to plan are not examples of mature leadership behaviour. Unfortunately, stressful responses are all too common.

Becoming more mindful and self-aware as leaders is vital to leading change successfully. I came across an interesting article relating organisational change to the Buddhist principle of non-attachment. The article offers the following 7 steps to leading change successfully.

Leading change the Buddha way

1. Building Trust
Trust is critical. To lead change we must gain people’s trust.

2. Helping people adapt to change quickly
Assist them to adjust to change.

3. Be compassionate
Need to be kind and people orientated.

4. Making change gradual
Gradual change allows people time to adapt.

5. Being understanding, patient and empathic
Good leaders show understanding and empathy when leading change.

6. Be mindful
Remain alert, self-aware and purposeful, knowing how things happen.

7. Thinking positively and taking positive action
When one is positive, obstacles seem to melt away.

Low, KCP.(2012) ‘Leading Change, the Buddhist Perspective’, Insights to a Changing World Journal, Volume 2012, Issue 1, p111-129 

If we all practiced these steps on a daily basis, what a difference it would make in our workplaces and communities!

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