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The Changing Face Of Leadership: 10 New Research Findings All Leaders Need To Understand
Remember me on this computer. Cancel Forgot your password? Showing all editions for 'Women in business : the changing face of leadership'. Successful leaders made sure their own beliefs and behaviors supported change, too. Change is difficult, but leaders who negotiated it successfully were resilient and persistent, and willing to step outside their comfort zone. They also devoted more of their own time to the change effort and focused on the big picture. Unsuccessful leaders failed to adapt to challenges, expressed negativity, and were impatient with a lack of results.
Effective leaders guide the process from start to finish. Here are the 3 key competencies that are part of leading the process:.
While formal change processes might be well understood, too many leaders neglect the all-important human side of change. The most effective leaders devoted considerable effort to engaging everyone involved in the change effort. They exhibit these 3 crucial qualities of leading people:.
Besides the 9 change-capable leadership competencies, our study also identified leadership traps and change derailers that characterized failed change efforts. By contrast, Meredith, a general manager in health services, was almost removed from a leadership team because she was seen as too aggressive in negotiating with internal stakeholders in order to promote her own goals.
Paradox 4: Maintaining distance yet being approachable. Our study subjects sometimes struggled to be seen as leaders, separate from colleagues and team members, while also developing close relationships.
Then, they can develop and customize a repertoire of strategies to manage, thereby enhancing their effectiveness and resilience. We identified five:. Adapt to the situation.
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Most of our study subjects told us that they demonstrate niceness and toughness in different situations, toward different audiences. Go in order. Another strategy is to be nice or caring and collaborative first, then tough or demanding and directive. First, you build relationships, establish trust, and engage people, and then you follow up with harder behavior or language to challenge the status quo or achieve goals.
And so when you… advocate for something, people generally bend over backwards to figure out how to help you get it done. I really do just want to work for the betterment of the business. Look for win-wins.
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Be tough on tasks and soft on people. With this strategy, women leaders focused on simultaneously being nice to people and tough on tasks.
I really came to see the importance of being able to separate [that] out. Can we do some more research on this?
Can we test this against some other organizations? We found that the leaders also tried to reframe what it meant to be nice and tough.
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