“I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.” ~Jeff Bezos Over the past several articles we have discussed…
"I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you're going to innovate." ~Jeff Bezos
Over the past several articles we have discussed how transformation is different from change and why businesses take on business transformation.
We also looked at different types of business transformation and how to know whether you need a business model transformation to flourish and grow amidst unprecedented change in the business environment, and the evolving customer demands.
We looked at the keys to business transformation success before and during the process. The need for visioning, considering alternative pathways to achieve transformation goals and the importance of a plan or roadmap were some topics we looked at.
We saw the need to assess our organisational capabilities and to work on contextual ambidexterity--the ability of people to focus on future growth initiatives while also working on running business operations.
We appreciated that only those companies that can adjust their bandwidth to accommodate both the present operations and future oriented projects will succeed.
We also looked at what we can learn from other organizations that have succeeded in their transformative efforts. This is critically important because many more organizations fail than succeed in their transformation efforts.
Human aspects of business transformation
Today we pivot to the human aspects of transformation and the leadership traits and skill-sets that are necessary for successfully seeing through a business transformation.
When we say transformation leaders, we are not just talking about CEOs or other leaders and leadership teams within organisations who are tasked with seeing through an business transformation. We are also referring to business consultants who may support those leaders with such transformations.
Top skills of transformation leaders
Here's what are considered to be the top skills for successful transformation leaders:
We’d like to leave you with another thought which we hope would motivate you towards action:
"It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change." ~ Charles Darwin
As a transformation leader, your job is to ensure business survival and to guide your business towards flourishing.
Share your thoughts
Are there other top skills you consider essential to transformation leaders? We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments