I’m in the business of change. After more than a decade with this focus, I’ve seen many different approaches to leading change, but there is one constant that will make all the difference to the outcomes.
As a change leader, I need to meet others where they are. That is, I may have knowledge or experiences that are different from theirs. That doesn’t make me right or wrong. We’re simply in different places, given what we know.
When you don’t meet others where they are, you’re likely to label them as wrong. When you label others as wrong, it creates some internal conflict. This internal conflict will get in the way of the relationship needed to support change.
As a leader, look to meet others where they are. You’ll find your leadership will have a more significant impact on others. You’ll also find your work easier.
You’ve got this.