Why It’s Essential for Leaders to Be the Game Changer

Are Your Leaders Ready to Face the Challenge of Constant Change?

In any corporate setting, leadership plays a vital role as they set the tone of the team. If leaders are relaxed, their junior colleagues will also be relaxed. If they are overbearing and have an unpredictable temper, they will create a negative working environment. 

Different people make different leaders. The nature of the leader determines the kind of work life they’ll create. Most people who love their jobs have great leaders. According to Prosci’s 2018 edition of Best Practice in Change Management, most people voted that they needed leaders to be game changers.

Who are game changers?

First, let’s establish who game changers are. We can note several traits that characterize such leaders, including that they:

  • are described innovators or problem solvers

  • always look at the bright side when things go south

  • think outside the box and keep pushing their boundaries

  • never settle for anything that’s less than ordinary

  • have self-awareness and show great empathy towards others

Highly intuitive and deep thinkers, game changers find it easy to ‘connect the dots’. They accept challenges and are comfortable taking risks. Some may consider them troublemakers (they are happy to rock the boat), while others consider them geniuses. 

Why should leaders be the game changers?

Managers and supervisors form an integral part of your organization. Apart from having good managerial skills, they also need to be the game changers. Game changers have the inherent skills of problem solving, multi-tasking, and judging potential in people. Even if these are not inherent qualities, those who lack them can learn how to be the game changers, if they want to be good leaders. Here are four qualities that differentiate exceptional change leaders:

  1. Empathetic to the needs of the employees

  2. Good communications skills

  3. They can identify the root cause of the problem and implement logical solutions

  4. Inspirational, with the ability to provide feedback positively

What can you achieve with leaders who are game changers?

Leaders who are compassionate, smart, and invested – not just in the company, but also their team – make great leaders. Striking a balance between being understanding and firm, is something that needs to either be inherent or an acquired skill. 

Game changers are passionate about what they do. Their innovative ideas stem from their passion and love for their job. Game changers remain informed about market trends, and therefore tend to think one step ahead of others. 

Your game changers are likely to achieve their targets and create a positive work environment. Overall, though game changers can be excellent in any given setting, they shine when given the authority to lead and inspire.

Also, game changers are great at tackling the challenges of management hierarchies. If you have more change leaders, it can transform a dull working environment into a positive hub for workers. 

In the past, many employees hesitated to speak their minds and talk about changing things. However, with more change leaders, the trend is changing. Employees should have the freedom to express their thoughts and talk about their issues. If more leaders become game changers, it can bring about a drastic change in your corporate culture and engender positive attitudes toward constant change.

Are your leaders managing change by example?

Change leaders are the future of a healthy organizational framework. To step up the game, many companies are switching to a flatter hierarchy system in which the culture encourages continual improvement.

Your managers and supervisors can be game changers. Our Leadership Circle™ Impact Program is designed to help your organization and your employees develop the skills to deliver impactful and sustainable change in the complex VUCA marketplace. Find out more by clicking here.

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