Michael E. ParkerWe see vast changes in our society, primarily brought about by technological innovations. As we adapt to a more sophisticated way of doing things, we’ll also have to change how we relate to one another. Our relationships in the workplace, as well as at home, will have to be altered if our society is going to advance along with our tech tools.

Recognize That Change Will Impact Everyone

People fear the unexpected, which is why change is so troubling. Even when the organization as a whole embraces change, it’s up to the employees to face the effects of that change. Leaders are going to have to recognize these experiences and find ways to alleviate the fear associated with change. This means practicing patience, while your subordinates attempt to accommodate these new processes.

Remember Your Decision-Making Skills

Even though you may be eager to see changes implemented, it’s important to remember you’re leading a team of individuals. For that reason, engage good decision-making practices that outline the change and the expected results. If your team feels these changes are forced upon them, they will feel skeptical and resistant. By talking openly about it, you’ll find your team is more responsive to the situation.

Be Willing to Sacrifice for Your Goals

Change won’t be easy for anyone, including the leader and, as such, you should expect obstacles along the way. While you may be tempted to relent, it’s important to stick to your guns. To do otherwise means you’ll lose integrity with your team and they’ll be less open to your next idea. Work through it and make sacrifices to accomplish the goal.

Don’t Let Your Focus Become Clouded

As you begin to implement a new course of action for your organization, you may start to see other things that could be done differently. Similarly, others might offer their suggestions to help improve the situation. While you want to listen to these thoughts, don’t let them distract you from your current strategy. If they are good ideas, write them down somewhere and revisit them, once this project is complete.

Being a leader in 2018 is about embracing change, but it’s also about holding onto the values and ethics that have guided you to this point. It’s a challenging balance to achieve, but it can be done. Leadership in the coming year is about versatility and compromise.