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The link between Leadership Development and Change Management

Late last week I was discussing the customisation of a leadership workshop with one of our clients, and they asked whether there is any link between leadership development and a change management processes.  This article I came across in the Harvard Business Review written by Ryan W. Quinn and Robert E. Quinn clearly outlines the link between leadership development and managing change. Leadership development by its very nature is a change process and requires the support of all leaders across the organisation to bring about lasting effect – whether it be a top down or bottom up approach – or ideally both at the same time.

Lasting leadership development and change management programs need clarity around the desired outcomes (the direction), the leaders need to be empowered to bring about the desired outcomes, all staff need to have a mechanism to contribute their ideas and leaders at every level within the organisation need to role model the new behaviours.

Successful organisations are consistently improving what they do and managing change and developing their leaders becomes part of their operating rhythm. They already have clear goals in place, they empower their leaders to deliver the agreed outcomes, they have a mechanism where their employees have a voice and their leaders at every level are great role models.  For most organisations this article offers a great example of a theory that should be embraced by all organisations that have a vision for a positive and adaptable culture.

About the Author: Noel Reid

Noel Reid
Noel has over 30 years’ experience as an operational leader and trainer in the government, not for profit and commercial sectors. His service in the military helped shape his early leadership career and he has been able to transfer these lessons and skills to the business environment. He is a sought after executive coach who has assisted the development of senior executives in all sectors and industries. An experienced facilitator who has delivered high value training programs around the world, Noel is able to engage with the audience to maximise the learning outcomes. He holds an MBA (Leadership & Communication), an Associate Diploma of Human & Physical Resource Management, a Diploma of Training Design and Development and a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training.

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