From working with the younger generation of millennials to dealing with fickle customers and concerned shareholders of the company, the current leaders have many challenges to deal with in their workplace. The only way leaders can deal with the evolving workplace is by becoming agents of change.
When leaders want to stay on top of things in the workplace, he/she should be able to adapt to the continually shifting scenarios. Change management is not just about implementing changes in the workplace or adapting to the new generation. The strategy of change management needs to be built on a bedrock of intensive strategy, adaptive technology and seamless execution.
Why is it important for leaders to be effective change agents?
Leaders are constantly challenged by the changes in the work environment, be it internal or external. When leaders become effective change agents, they will have a stronger foothold in dealing with the below challenges.
In any given workplace, you will have employees of different generations. A leader needs to understand the needs of the young professionals, the working style of the older generations and find common ground between the two. Leaders need to look beyond their comfort zone of working with like-minded people and learn to deal with the millennials too.
Businesses are now global. People from different ethnicities, countries, religions and beliefs work in the same place. Each individual brings with him/her, their intrinsic intelligence, ideas and work style. As a change agent, a leader needs to work with the diversity to bring a holistic approach to organisational readiness.
The current generation of professionals are fiercely competitive and are continually looking for ways to launch new products, start ventures or open up new markets. A leader needs to harness this energy and use it to develop the business. It means that leaders need to be open to new ideas, technology and embrace change.
Niccolo Machiavelli, a philosopher politician, once said, “Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.” Leaders who become agents of change are more capable of handling crisis, motivating employees, and taking the business to the next level.