Leaders as Change Agents

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Running head: THE ROLE OF LEADER AS A CHANGE AGENT 1

THE ROLE OF LEADER AS A CHANGE AGENT 2 Organizations face numerous changes in their work environments. There is a need for individuals who are capable of turning strategy into reality. This requirement is why change agents are key elements in an organization’s business strategy. Generally speaking, the most important contributions to be made by the change agent are those that sustain the organization’s present-day performance and guarantee its future performance by enabling people to work effectively as they plan, implement and practice change. Successful change
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Communication’s key element
THE ROLE OF LEADER AS A CHANGE AGENT 4 is a shared understanding of people’s interests. Questioning and challenging these interests helps change agents to reformulate their views about change. Another challenge they face is lacking alternative ways to lead the team. Traditional leadership in these settings involves a preoccupation with the structural administration of power and authority. In an era of chaos, leaders must continue to launch change initiatives. By doing so, they should remember that it is not possible to design people’s response to change. Leaders should instead lead by loosening control and focus valuable leadership time on forming identities and relationships in the changing organization. If leaders lead from a position of choice and address individuality and relationships in their organizations, they will find ways of influencing chaotic change. Karp and Helgo (2008) suggest that a way for leaders to create successful change in public service organizations under chaotic conditions is by influencing the patterns of human interaction through effective communication. Leaders should therefore accept the complexities of reality and pay attention to the forming of identity and relationships. Leaders may then influence (but not control) the development and direction of change by addressing and paying attention to issues
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