Change Leadership Alignment - Do You Have a Change Vision?


“Change waits for no leader and the skills required for leading day-to-day operations are very different to change leadership”

One of the key change questions all leaders should be able to answer:

"Do you have a change vision?

One of the first tasks for leaders of change is to develop a change vision, it must inspire the employees and be aligned to the organisation’s strategy, vision and beliefs. The change vision needs to be achievable and compelling, something that the employees can picture and relate to, and a journey they will join you on. Creating the change vision, like all good things, takes time to create. It requires input from key stakeholders and usually requires external input, as well as neutral facilitation.

What is Change Leadership Alignment? Change leadership alignment ensures that the organisational leaders are an aligned leadership team before they start their organisation's change implementation. This means they understand the organisation's change history, they have the same change vision, they are aligned on their strategic objectives, they are a high performing team and they have the change leadership skills to lead the change, transformation or improvement that their organisation is facing.

Why is Change Leadership Alignment important? Change leadership alignment is important because the skills required for leading day-to-day operations are very different to change leadership. Without aligning and preparing the leadership for their change journey, it is highly doubtful they will successfully implement organisational change to ensure a return on investment, achieve full employee change adoption, and sustainable change.

What are the key steps of Change Leadership Alignment? Change leadership alignment has five key steps:

  1. An assessment of previous change history to establish what went well and what needs to improve.
  2. 1:1 Interviews with the leadership team to establish barriers and enablers to change success.
  3. A strategic alignment exercise to ensure the leaders are aligned on the organisation's change priorities.
  4. Develop a high performing team so the leaders can deliver the change together.
  5. Develop Leadership of Change® capability, the knowledge, and skills to lead employees through the change.

When does Change Leadership Alignment start? Change leadership alignment starts on day zero of any organisation's change journey. Unless the leadership team are aligned and committed, the change is unlikely to provide the targeted return on investment (ROI). 

What are the key responsibilities of Change Leadership? There are three critical leadership responsibilities to implement successful organisational change:

  • Articulate the vision​
  • Model the new way
  • Intervene to ensure sustainable change

“Organisational change leadership is about effectively and proactively articulating the vision, modelling the new way and intervening to ensure sustainable change”

Corporate thinking about change management has evolved in recent years and it is considered as a core competence by some leading organisations. Varying degrees of change capability, low employee adoption, lack of sustainability and low benefits realisation have become the drivers to develop corporate change capability. Change capability starts with the top leadership team, they understand previous change history and the barriers to success so they align strategically as a high performing team and then develop the skills and knowledge to successfully deliver future organisational change.

The full question set:

"Do you understand the organisation's change history? Do you have a change vision? Are you aligned on your strategic objectives? Are you a high performing team? Does your team have change leadership skills to lead the change or improvement that your organisation is facing?" 

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Leadership of Change® Body of Knowledge Volumes: Change Management Body of Knowledge (CMBoK) Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, B, C, D & E available on both Amazon and Google Play:

Leadership of Change® Volume 1 - Change Management Fables

Leadership of Change® Volume 2 - Change Management Pocket Guide

Leadership of Change® Volume 3 - Change Management Handbook

Leadership of Change® Volume 4 - Change Management Leadership

Leadership of Change® Volume 5 - Change Management Adoption

Leadership of Change® Volume 6 - Change Management Behaviour

Leadership of Change® Volume 7 - Change Management Sponsorship

Leadership of Change® Volume A - Change Management Gamification - Leadership

Leadership of Change® Volume B - Change Management Gamification - Adoption

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Photo Credit: Max van den Oetelaar

By Peter F Gallagher

Keywords: Leadership, Change Management, Business Strategy

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