Team behavior theory ( Tuckman) and leadership theories (Hershey and Blanchard, Adair) can be brought together to into a simple model to show how different Leadership styles are required across the life cycle of an activity.
If you think a career change could benefit you, answering the following questions might help you to be clearer about your decision.
Lead your group through the stages to achieve a good result. In Stage 4, the group are high-performing, motivated and achieve effective and satisfying results.
So how can managers get the best out of their older workers?
In most circumstances, older workers are like other workers – they are unlikely to respond well in a command and control culture. Except in an emergency, older workers are not likely to respond well to being “given orders”. But, they are likely to respond well to an intelligent and enlightened leadership style. This means communicating clearly about issues and challenges.
Nothing motivates and gives people confidence more than success. Give your company and your team a taste of victory early in the change process.
Changing a culture is a real challenge! It is hard to do without losing the good things you have now. If you are serious about your vision and you really want to see your values in practice, then you may have some hard work ahead! But of course until you understand the culture you have now, you won’t know what you need to do, will you?
Stage 5 is about empowering action, over coming resistance and getting rid of obstacles to change. This is where your investment in Stages 1 to 4, begins to pay dividends. Kotter himself states that when Stages 1 to 4 are skipped, resistance is inevitable and this can destroy your change.People resist change because they fear loss. Here are some way to deal with obstacles.
Lead your group through the stages to achieve a good result. In Stage 3, people begin to experience a sense of group belonging and a feeling of relief that conflicts are being resolved. They are on their way to being organized so that they can achieve their goals.
If you want to get your message across you can’t ignore Professor Mehrabian’s work on conveying genuine emotion and his 3Vs(Verbal,Vocal and Visual). In one to one encounters, show genuine interest in the other person and listen closely to what they say. Smile, be warm and enthusiastic – show you care about your subject, nothing is more attractive! But don’t overwhelm them and don’t fake it!
The guiding team need to be visible and let people see you as the embodiment of the change you intend to make. Walk the Talk! The top team should be using the vision daily to make decisions and solve problems. And so should all those who are actively engaged. Keep it fresh and on everyone’s minds, then they will begin to remember it and respond to it.