Securing change is never a straight line. It’s a series of ups and downs, and this can be unsettling as a leader.
It’s easy during times of uncertainty to question your judgement, and whether you’re making the right decision.
At times like this it’s important to ask for help. As a leader it takes courage to admit that you don’t have all the answers.
Now I’m not suggesting that this is a ‘throw your hands up in the air in despair’ moment. That will just create confusion and inertia for those around you.
Instead, it’s the perfect time to embrace the uncertainty you are feeling and to seek counsel and input from others.
Deepak Chopra said: “When we experience uncertainty, we’re on the right path, and it’s the fertile ground of pure creativity and freedom”.
Use the uncertainty to propel you forward and to seek out new ideas and input from different people. Be naturally curious about the issue and what you can seek out as the solution.
Approach the uncertainty as a challenge to solve, not as a barrier to progress.
I’ve known leaders who saw admitting they didn’t have the answer as a weakness. However it was their inability to show vulnerability that was their weakness.
They failed to realise that showing vulnerability can be an amazing way to build team loyalty and commitment. It makes you appear more human – more compassionate, authentic and approachable.
Stepping forward and asking for advice signals to your team that you trust them, and that you are interested in their ideas and opinions. It’s a great way to build loyalty and engagement.
When you ask for help, you’ll be amazed at who steps forward and the fresh insights and different perspectives that are generated.
So next time you are struggling with change, keep it real. Be true to yourself and those around you about how you are feeling, and what support you need from them.
Change leadership is not a solo venture.
If you need help ask for it. If you can help others, then do so.
Remember, change happens. Make it work for you.
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