Being a Leader During an Organizational Change Effort

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Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be a leader within your organization during a change effort?  The best way to become a leader is to first prepare yourself for the role.  Understanding how change can affect an organization and its people is critical.

Change Managers face a range of issues that can impact the organization.  These issues include:

  • Disengaged management.
  • Worried or angry employees.
  • Financial strain on the organization and upset shareholders.
  • Lack of resources.

To combat these issues, a change leader must know how to navigate the corporate world with precision.  They will need to understand the tools used during a change initiative and apply them as needed.

A leader should never attempt to start an organizational change without first preparing.  Here are a few ways you can start preparing to be a leader within your organization today.

Ask For Feedback

One of the best ways to prepare for a leadership role is to ask for feedback from your superiors.  If you have a good relationship with your boss, try asking them what they think your strengths and weaknesses are.  This will give you a better idea of what areas you need to work on before taking on a leadership role.  For example, if your boss says that you need to work on your communication skills, you can attend workshops or take classes to improve in this area.

Make It Clear You Want To Be A Leader

Have you let your superiors know that you want to be a leader within the organization during a change effort?  If not, now is the time to start!  Talk to your boss about your career aspirations and let them know that you’re interested in taking on more responsibility.  This will show them that you’re ambitious and motivated, two essential qualities for any leader.

Invest In A Change Management Certification

Education is always a good way to prepare for a leadership role.  If you’re interested in becoming a leader within your organization, consider investing in a change management certification.  This type of certification will teach you how to effectively manage and lead change within an organization, ensuring successful implementations.  By obtaining a change management certification, you’ll be better equipped to take on a leadership role and successfully lead your team through changes.

Get A Mentor

One of the best ways to prepare for a leadership role is to find a mentor.  A mentor can help guide you through the process of becoming a leader and offer advice and support along the way.  Try to find a mentor who has already managed a change effort.  Regardless of the change project’s outcome, having a mentor with experience is valuable.  If you don’t have a mentor, try reaching out to someone you admire and respect within your organization.  They may be willing to act as your mentor and help you prepare for a leadership role.

Take Initiative

The best way to show that you are leadership material is by taking the initiative and being proactive.  If you see something that needs to be done, don’t wait for someone else to do it—take care of it yourself!  This will show those around you that you can take charge and handle responsibility well. 

Build Strong Relationships

In any organization, building strong relationships with your co-workers is important.  These relationships will come in handy when you need advice, support, or resources for a project you’re working on.

Furthermore, people are more likely to trust and respect a leader with whom they have a good relationship.  So, take the time to get to know the people you work with professionally and personally.  Get involved in companywide initiatives and Volunteer for assignments that will allow you to interact with different departments within your organization.


Following these tips can prepare you to be a change leader in your organization.  Remember that developing the skills needed to be an effective leader takes time and effort.  But if you’re willing to put in the work, you can become the leader you’ve always wanted to be.

David Lovell

David Lovell

Master of Business Administration
Festus, Missouri