Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Leadership: Being an agent of change.

Leadership means being who you are regardless of outside beliefs. Sometimes others may feel that they have the answer to every problem, which turns into another problem,. Individuals rarely provide solutions that brings more good than bad. This is common within small towns and cities that refuses to grow because of unforeseen and unequivocal reasoning. So how does a leader sharpen their skills within such an environment? Simply, change the way that one think and others will inevitably follow. It may take time for others to understand the things that a person is doing, but as long as a leader believe in the change that is needed, the change will happen, eventually. Of course, there is a moral aspect of the decision to engage in change, providing that the need is positive and ethical.

The challenges that leaders face while engaging in a positive and ethical change are dormant mindsets, behavioral and cognitive support, a belief for change and the procedure to change. Dormant mindsets can be defined as a group of individuals who have a thinking process that is limited to the world around them and most of the time is short sighted. One of the major issues with a dormant mindset is that there is little to no change without a high sense of external motivation. Next, behavioral and cognitive support is another element that may hinder a leader from engaging in a level of change. Behavioral support can be defined as the physical present, effort and energy that a leader receives from an group or organization. On the other hand, cognitive support is defined as mental agreeability, sponsorship and collaboration from others. Depending on the behavioral and cognitive support, a leader can engage a change that is not only needed, but healthy for the organization or community at all levels e.g. neighborhoods, corporate business, business owners, etc. Another aspect of being an effective leader is having a belief for change. Many may want others to change; however, until others believe there is a need for change, there is a low probability of change. Finally, the method of engaging in change is important. Talking about change only gets a leader to a certain point. There needs to be a formal and informal plan for change.

Being a successful leader irregardless of the environment takes one being an agent of change. Overcoming challenges such as dormant mindsets, behavioral and cognitive support, a belief for change and the procedure to change can provide to be a great asset in developing an organization, group and/or community. So go out and have a positive and ethical change on the world.

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