Leading Change? Keep These 3 Personality Traits in Balance
Successful change leaders demonstrate three common characteristics—courage, patience, and determination. And they make sure all three are in balance through a manageable dynamic tension.
For example, courage might mean speaking up and sharing an opinion different from that of the CEO—someone who has more authority than you do. But it needs to be balanced by taking a moment to quiet yourself after speaking. Being quiet and remaining calm is demonstrating patience. Determination is added into the mix when you stand firm, take the time to identify and work around obstacles, and then continue your progress toward the vision.
So how are you at being courageous, patient, and determined? Let’s explore each element separately.
Courage—which we define as the ability to control your feelings in a dangerous or difficult situation. How often do you:
Speak your truth; share what you see and experience to be true
Challenge the status quo; push against “we have always done it this way”
Try new things and meet new people—go outside of your comfort zone
Patience—the ability to wait, to continue to do something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed. How often do you:
Listen with the intention of learning something new
Ask good questions to gain clarity vs. telling to share your point of view
Sit comfortably in silence—with no layering of comments or questions because silence is uncomfortable
Determination—the ability to continue trying to do something even when it is very difficult. How often do you:
Set a daily goal that moves the mark on the vision
Stay clear with an ongoing repetition of the vision
Embrace resistance to change you encounter to learn and reposition strategy
Leaders who succeed at leading change cultivate courage, patience, and determination in the right amounts, at the right time. Consider these three traits in your own change efforts. How are they at work individually and in dynamic balance in your life? How are they helping or hindering you in achieving change personally and in your organisation?
Do you have more to add? We’d love to hear from you.
About the author:
Joni Wickline is Vice President, International Growth with The Ken Blanchard Companies.