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You are a role model for workplace change that you’re leading … so walk the talk!

I started this video tip series on how leaders can successfully implement workplace change back in June, and today is instalment #15, which will be my final piece of advice in this series.  I hope you’ve enjoyed them and found them of value.  If you want to see all of them in one place, you can find them in the Video section of our website (under the Tools tab).  Here is a direct link:

My final tip in this series for leaders who are managing workplace change initiatives: recognize that you set the tone.

Recognize that you set the tone

As a leader, by virtue of your position and title in your organization, you are a role model.  Which means that you need to understand that you play a key role in the success of your workplace change initiative.  Your behaviour and actions will set the tone for how your employees will behave and act; it will establish the culture change that you are seeking for your department or your organization.  Truth be told, you cannot expect your employees to change if you’re not willing demonstrate that you’re willing to make changes yourself.   So it is essential that you walk the talk.

Walk the talk

Do as you say.  If the change requires more prudent management of costs, then you better be willing to demonstrate that you are taking actions to curtail unnecessary expenses.  If the change requires your people to take on a more entrepreneurial mindset, then don’t make bureaucratic requests.  If you are not willing to model the behaviour and actions that you ask of your staff, then you will not only confuse them, but also create immense frustration.  And this sort of contradiction and inconsistency simply WILL NOT create the culture change you desire.  So be a role model – walk the talk.

Attitude matters

Keep a positive attitude. Your attitude as a manager or supervisor will be a major factor in determining what type of climate is exhibited by your employees. Change can be stressful and confusing. Try to remain upbeat, positive, and enthusiastic. Foster motivation in others. Write a brief note of encouragement to an employee; leave an affirming message on one of their voice mails; take an employee aside to tell them what a great job they are doing.  Instill organizational change as a personal challenge that everyone can meet…with success!  Recognize that when it comes to a successful long-term workplace change effort, you set the tone.

We are very excited about a new video tip series we have in the plans for 2018.  We’re still working on ironing out the details, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.  What topics do you think we should cover in 2018?  What are your biggest leadership challenges?  What could you really use help with? The Turning Managers Into Leaders blog has always been a vibrant learning community, so I’d love to make it as useful as possible for you.  Share your thoughts below!

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