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Leaders Steer Organisations Through Change

Posted on by Isaac Baker

What path is your organisation heading down?

  • Path A: where it clings to the safe practices, beliefs, and strategies of yesteryears passed?

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  • Path B: where it rewards innovation; proactively planning for and adapting to tomorrow’s shifting business, technological, and social landscapes?

These approaches will end in two diametrically opposed destinies:

  • Path A: Greater chance of organisational failure.

OR

  • Path B: Greater chance of organisational success.

The presence of leaders is a major driving force dictating the path your organisation will travel.

Leaders rally people to strive towards aspirational visions that people can embrace with enthusiasm. They unite and navigate organisations through the opaque, challenging, and unpredictable times, battling against the inevitable outcome that awaits inaction and complacency—going belly up.

Leaders produce extra effort from employees, boost work effectiveness, and increase employee satisfaction. Leaders inspired us to reach the moon; help us traverse uncertain financial and organisation periods; and spur technological breakthroughs.

On Path A, where managerial types rule the roost, individuals are not adequately equipped with the skillsets to adapt to changing landscapes. Instead, what will result is stagnation and an over-reliance on what has worked in the past. This is a terrifically useful strategy if business, technology, and society remained unchanging. We know better, however: times change, and often rapidly.

The scientific literature on leadership is clear: the behaviours of a leader can be taught, trained, and developed (e.g., Bass (1990); Bass and Avolio (1990)). The full range leadership model of leadership offers a scientifically grounded framework to understand leadership and develop leaders who can lead an organisation to a prosperous, profitable future.

The most effective and easiest approach for organisations to develop better leaders is to seek the advice and services of trained professionals who have an ear to the research and provide evidence and experience-grounded products and services (e.g. training, coaching, specialised interventions, and tracking and analyses of data).

As a behavioural scientist, I’m eager to field any queries and interest you have in boosting people’s leadership capabilities. Please do reach out (email: ibaker@livingstones.com.au; phone: +61 7 3833 1208) if you’re interested to speak further about the world of work and behavioural science. The business landscape and behavioural sciences are rapidly-shifting and evolving every day, so grasp the opportunity now to gain the benefits today.

Written by Isaac Baker

Isaac Baker

Isaac has a strong passion for understanding the science of human behavior to create unique, specialised interventions to solve complex people problems.
Through the lens of psychology, behavioural science and behavioural economics, Isaac works across the Livingstones suite of services in organisational development, bringing a data-driven approach to inform culture diagnostics, behaviour change and targeting improved individual, team and organisational decision making to improve business performance and effectiveness.

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