Leading through change

During the last century we have experienced a rapid rate of change, primarily fuelled by technology, but also by our desire to understand and develop our world. Rapid change is here to stay. Because of this, being an aware and purposeful change leader is a vital aspect of leadership. Technological advances work hand in hand with globalisation, changes in our society's paradigms and New Zealand's changing demographics to drive change. Knowing how to communicate your vision for change and knowing which style of leadership is appropriate in each change situation will help you to keep pace and effectively move your organisation in whichever direction it needs to go.

As change leadership is now an essential leadership competency, you will need to know the difference between change management and change leadership. This toolkit provides this information along with outlining your role in change and providing you with the different change leadership styles: their advantages and disadvantages. You will explore the importance of communicating your vision, and factors which influence change resistance. Following on from there, you can use Kotter's eight steps to transforming your organisation to remind you of what is important to take care of when you are leading change.

  • Why change leadership is so important
  • How change management is different from change leadership
  • Important aspects of communicating your vision for change
  • Kotter's eight steps to transforming your organisation
  • Leadership styles for change
  • Change resistance.

Leading through change flyer

Find out what the toolkit is about and what you will learn from it.

Leading through change

This is the main component of the Leading through change toolkit.

Over the last century, we have experienced a rapid rate of change. Technological advances have worked hand in hand with globalisation and changes in the form and demographics of our societies. Rapid change is here to stay. Because of this, being an aware and purposeful change leader is a vital aspect of leadership.

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

Planning for change worksheet

This is a component of the Leading through change toolkit.These questions are based on Kotter's eight steps to transforming your organisation (Kotter, 2000). Use this worksheet to build a structure that can help you to move sequentially through the eight steps.

Case studies

A focus on people during change

This case study is a component of LDC's toolkit: Leading through change. It provides LDC alumni leadership experiences. You can use the case study to help think about your own leadership practice.

Collaborative vs direct leadership

This case study is a component of LDC's toolkit: Leading through change. It provides LDC alumni leadership experiences. You can use the case study to help think about your own leadership practice.

Constructing authority

This case study is a component of LDC's toolkits: 'Good leadership in complex authorities', 'Influence without authority', and 'Leading through change'. It provides LDC alumni leadership experiences. You can use the case study to help think about your own leadership practice.

Managing change through a natural disaster

This case study is a component of LDC's toolkit: Leading through change. It provides LDC alumni leadership experiences. You can use the case study to help think about your own leadership practice.

Merging cultures

This case study is a component of LDC's toolkits, Leading through change, and Resilience. It provides LDC alumni leadership experiences. You can use the case study to help think about your own leadership practice.

Merging with difficulty

This case study is a component of LDC's toolkit: Leading through change. It provides LDC alumni leadership experiences. You can use the case study to help think about your own leadership practice.

People, people, people.

This case study is a component of LDC's toolkits: Leading through change, and Emotional and social intelligence. It provides LDC alumni leadership experiences. You can use the case study to help think about your own leadership practice.

Understanding the players throughout change

This case study is a component of LDC's toolkit: Leading through change. It provides LDC alumni leadership experiences. You can use the case study to help think about your own leadership practice.

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