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The Importance of Change Leadership – Beyond “Step Models of Change”

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Why is strong leadership so important to the success of change programs? Why do so many change efforts fail or dwindle without committed leadership?

“Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better”. Harry S Truman (1884 – 1972)

Pettigrew & Whipp (1991) summarise in their “Receptive Contexts for Change” the importance of a coherent change program and a consistent, committed approach to leading change across the whole organisation.

Coherent Change Program

Most change initiatives rely upon Step Models of Change to provide appropriate structure. The majority of step models originate from Lewin’s original “Unfreeze-Move-Refreeze” model, and include well known offerings such as Kotter’s 8 Step Model and Prosci’s ADKAR® model.

*For more information on Kotter see my earlier articleMartin Webster’s blog, and also the Change Management blog.

All of the models try to achieve three things:

  • Unfreeze – convince the organisation that it…

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