In our work at Novum we support leaders who want change. For many organisations, one of the most significant changes is a shift from a hierarchical model of leadership to one where leadership is way of being that can be assumed by anyone.
This new model is one where employees can find their voice and take greater personal responsibility for whatever their role requires. In such an environment people feel empowered, creative, innovative and more willing to challenge the status quo – this is far better suited to tackling modern organisational challenges.
How can this be achieved?
1) Increase employees’ self-awareness
People need to recognise how they’re really doing, what they really think and feel about their work, their colleagues and their organisation. People need to be willing to face up to these feelings – even if they are uncomfortable. From here they can start to identify what needs to change for them to feel more themselves at work.
2) Take ownership
This happens by starting to make changes, tackling tough conversations and making things happen. However organisations can find this hard.
What stands in the way of change?
It is not unusual for the above steps to be made with high hopes, only to be unsuccessful. In our experience, this is because a crucial step is often missed.
Employees need to understand what is important in their lives and how the purpose of the organisation they are part of aligns with this. Research has shown that people are more likely to achieve their goals and sustain their performance levels when there is a clear alignment between their professional objectives and their sense of purpose, meaning and values.
When the gap between the individual and their organisation is bridged, there is greater engagement, commitment, responsibility and creativity — people assume a leadership way of being.
This is good for the people that make up the business, which is good for business!
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