In our society, unfortunately, a leader is considered as someone who dominates and controls. Maybe this is because we were ruled by outsiders for a considerably longer period of time and we have a notion that a leader is one who only commands and has immense powers.
With great power comes with great responsibility. A leader is someone who assumes responsibility, accountability and has a great sense of vision. If we understand this logic then only we would have leaders and followers, otherwise, we would only have the exploiters and the exploited.
Change is inevitable. A change leader has the ability to engage people in change initiatives and knows how to manage and promote a change.
Change leaders motivate people to accept the change by addressing the need for change and engage people from diverse complexities in the change initiative. We have compiled few guidelines for you to be an effective change leader.
Make People accept the change
Change is the only constant thing in the world. And to be truthful, people find it hard to accept the change. Effective change leaders make sure that they bring about the changes effortlessly without letting the people feel uncomfortable. They make sure that communication channels with the people are open and people are forthcoming to contribute to the project in terms of ideas and suggestions.
For example, when a student is a leader of a class project, he must listen to the ideas of everyone on the team and not just push his/her own ideas. Communication is a key factor here.
Leadership is not commanding your peers and forcing your agenda on them. Leadership is more about listening than making people listen to you. If the followers realize how inclusive and protective their leader is, naturally a productive and mutually beneficial relationship establishes. Change leaders follow the path of inclusiveness.
For example, a student leader engaged in a class project may involve everyone in his team to perform the common tasks. This will delight other students and they may feel treasured and appreciated.
Be natural and spontaneous
Leadership cannot be imposed. It can either be assumed or awarded. Yes, there are many ways to become a leader. You can be appointed, get selected or elected but to assume a leadership is a natural phenomenon and it always works positively. Change leaders never orchestrate anything, they just assume the leadership.
For example, if a student leader who is engaged in a sports team activity is careful about not enforcing his leadership on his peers then his teammates will be able to enjoy the teamwork. This activity creates a conducive atmosphere for effective and efficient teamwork.
Make it simple and co-ordinate
The change leaders are always keen on providing a common platform for communication to its peers which is communicative, simple and yet effective. Change leaders coordinate with their peers so efficiently that they inspire them to become leaders and assume responsibility.
For example, if a student leader is engaged in conducting a cultural programme, then he can conduct the whole programme by coordinating with his teammates.
Rise as a leader
Change leaders never ever said that they want to become leaders. The situations, the surroundings and most importantly lack of perspective among the masses led to the creation of change leaders.
For example, if a student leader is engaged in conducting a camp away from a city and if an adverse situation arises then he can assume the responsibility of a leader without offending other teammates. This is in a way, a natural process.
If you really have that vision and energy to become a leader, it shall happen. Today or tomorrow. People out there are always in search of change leaders and they somehow find them whenever the need arises.