Recently we polled a number of organizations across the country and asked them “What is the biggest obstacle to positive change in your business or organization?” We discovered the answer is poor leadership. It’s the #1 obstacle to change in most organizations. What does that mean? I believe a visionary leader is the single most important issue in making organizational change happen. You can have a great team in place, the best funding, the right resources, and more, but without great leadership, change simply won’t happen.
The second reason according to our survey is “We’ve always done it this way” thinking. It’s so easy to simply go with the flow, and keep doing what we’ve always done. It takes courage, will, and real effort to make change happen, but without it, we’ll continue that eventual decline into oblivion.
Be the leader you need to be for your people. You don’t have to run a major organization. You can be a leader in any sized business, nonprofit, church, or even the PTA. You can lead your family. Whatever level you’re at, step up to the plate and lead the charge toward change. It will be tough. It will be long. And it will be challenging. But biology tells that that every living thing is either changing or dying.
I’m voting for change.