Change is a crucial part of life. Change is the only constant we will ever truly know. But, change comes with discomfort. Change is not readily accepted or celebrated. And, change can create conflict and tension.
As leaders it is important that we understand change, embrace change and work with change to succeed in our journey.
Here are six enemies of change that can halt or even destroy growth in your organization.
1. Pride. Pride tends to hold the belief that one way is the best way. Pride can come from anywhere. It can come from us as leaders believing we know best. Pride can come from our team who believes they have the best answers. Overcoming pride means letting go of control and being willing to listen and learn.
2. Fear. Fear can drive most any aspect of life. But, fear most often comes from a negative emotion and response, and the results tend to be negative as well. When fear drives us, it becomes a hinderance to growth and strength. Face your fears head on, with honest and transparent understanding.
3. Distrust. You cannot lead through and support your organization through changes without trust. You need trust with your team, your followers and your audience. This requires time, patience and clear communication. Without trust, you will almost never be able to move forward.
4. Comparison. This is a deadly trap. You will absolutely waste your potential if you are pursuing someone else's dream or vision. And, your success and the success of others will always be different. Comparison is a distraction and drains the necessary energy needed to effectively lead change.
5. Ignorance. This should be an obvious enemy of change, but it usually is not. If you deal with pride, ignorance is it's closest companion. If you assume your way is best, you will often forego the counsel and wisdom of others. Learn to listen, take time to read and always be willing to admit weakness or failure.
6. Apathy. This is simply a nice way of saying laziness. This usually happens when a leader assumes that things will never change because "that's the way it's always been done". Nothing will kill the morale and momentum of your team and your organization than apathy. You have to lead change with boldness and energy!
Have you experienced any of these enemies of change? Are you still wrestling with them right now? What steps will you take to overcome these enemies of change?