Leading in such turbulent times can seem very difficult.
Read below essential dos and don’ts to thrive during this period of change.
We’ve written before about terribly untrue sayings and assumptions that people mistake for workplace wisdom. But, we have to admit, there’s one cliché mantra we do agree with that is universal. In our conversations with leaders, CEOs, and professionals in every industry across the globe, one phrase comes up again and again: “The one constant is change.”
It’s true. Change is constant. It’s so constant that you would think we would all be used to it by now. But, we’re not. Whether your organization is struggling to find and retain talent, your team is tackling a new direction, or yet another departmental reorganization is taking place, we all face change frequently—staring into it’s beady, persistent, and often scary, little eyes.
Leading through change gracefully can seem impossible at times. You don’t know where the next twist or turn will take you. And, even worse, your team might feel even more anxious, because they assume they know less about the future than you do. The important thing is to not let change overwhelm you, and as a leader, not let yourself overwhelm your team. And, that’s where we can help. The next time you’re faced with a sudden change, handle it in stride with these simple but crucial dos and don’ts.
Do: Share what you know.
You’re not the only one feeling dazed and confused at the onset of a sudden change—your team is right there with you, and they’re far more anxious than you are. Do your best to fill them in on important details, deadlines, and objectives as you find out new information. Keeping the team informed will alleviate some of their worries, and empower their cooperation in the days to come.
Don’t: Forget to make time for questions.
As you head out on a new direction, it is crucial to leave the door open for team members’ questions and concerns as they arise. Reiterate to the group that you are available to assist in any way you can, and encourage them share their worries. Set aside a time for questions as you’re explaining the change, and ask, “Is there anything I can do to help you?” to demonstrate your commitment to helping the transition go as smoothly as possible.