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STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING LEADERSHIP CHANGE

Tim Millett
Published by Tim Millett
09 October 2013

Changes in leadership are confronted by most managers at some time. A leadership change may be the result of the voluntary departure of an esteemed and successful leader, a business being offered for sale or, as in the recent case of the Australian Labor Party, an alternative leader’s efforts to usurp leadership.

Leadership changes can be difficult to manage but, if handled well, they offer the possibility of improved business functioning.

A new leader must take and demonstrate control immediately. It is vital that they act swiftly, clearly communicate their messages and acquire the confidence of those they lead.

The communication of goals is important for a leader, as all teams rely on their leaders for direction. A new leader must also reassure their team that the change in leadership is positive and will create conditions for success.

A good leader is able to demonstrate that they are genuinely interested in their position, as well others’ well-being and future. Transparency, or at the very least an impression of transparency, is also needed if a leader is to be accepted by a team and to buy-in to their vision.

A good leader will remain true to their promises after assuming control, communicating goals and uniting the team.

Source: http://au.smallbusiness.yahoo.com/news/a/-/17768508/how-to-handle-leadership-change/

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