Again, Gandhi Had It Right!
Gandhi said: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”
His understanding of the need for us, as individuals, to initiate change before others will join, is the foundation on which impactful leadership is based. Social transformation within an organization, society, company or church requires a leader to start the engine and begin the journey.
This alone is not enough to create change in and of itself. Others must see, hear, understand and value the vision for change the leader is modeling before they will agree to jump on board and join the journey.
Thus, the second foundational element of change leadership is the engagement of followers who want to lead the change from their perspective. They are willing to take on the risk and ridicule that new and different ways of operating trigger in others who don’t see the need for change.
The final foundation component for embedding and assuring the change is enduring is persistence and constancy of purpose. Without these the change will devolve into the past habits, strengths and practices from which it began the journey.
These three fundamental aspects of leadership are crucial components of our leadership coaching. What aspects would you add as unique to what you are looking for as a leader?