Want transformational change? Change yourself first.

By William Seidman Leading change is fundamentally different from other forms of organizational leadership, particularly day-to-day transactional leadership. Yet few executives understand that being a truly transformational leader requires three (sometimes difficult) things: Risk.  Aspiring transformational leaders must be willing to take the risks associated with change. Doing better always requires change, but not all change leads to improvement. There is always risk in change. Admit the Need for Change.  Executives must acknowledge that many of the attitudes and skills that may have made them effective in the past are not relevant to leading change. They must be open to learning new ways to lead. Change Yourself First. Too often we have seen leaders recognize that others need to change, but they don’t want to do anything differently themselves. Change is hard, yet positive organizational change starts with personal change by executives.]]>

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