What do you see as the one most important characteristics of a change leader?

Change Leader

What do you see as the one most important characteristics of a change leader? From my experience, working in technology, I’d have to place vision at the top. What separates great change leaders is their ability to see into the future and steer the organization on the right course.

Instead of focusing on what’s currently happening, change leaders envision what will be happening. They are always looking around the corner in search of the next big opportunity.

Although having vision may be the most important trait of a change leader, vision alone is not enough. Leader’s need to be able to instill their vision into others and motivate people to make their vision become a reality.

We’ve all worked with people who that had great ideas and visions but were unable to sell their ideas.  This is why persuasion and influence are also important characteristics of a change leader. Leaders must use intuition, influence, and persuasive to bring about effective change.

Steve Jobs, although he may have not been the most likable, had vision and persuasion. Jobs didn’t want Apple to just be a good computer company. He was passionate about Apple being the best. He used his passion to drive his vision into a reality by motivating others.

So what do you see as the one most important characteristics of a change leader?

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3 Comments

  1. Steve Marino

    I agree that having a vision is critical to a successful change. I also acknowledge that no single attribute is enough to be a good change leader. Having said that, I believe that the single most important characteristic of a change leader is being a good communicator. In order to effect change, a leader must effectively communicate the vision and need for change, thereby inspiring others to follow. The bigger the organization, the more important it is be a good communicator.

  2. Reed Deshler

    The skill of organization alignment is one of the most valuable abilities of a leader who wants to see change flourish so that results can improve. An alignment leader is especially accomplished at getting organization change to take hold and become embedded in the organization for good. Alignment leaders thoughtfully create and champion organizing choices that enable performance. An alignment leader protects emerging processes and structures, even during the planning and transition phases, while at the same time keeping the current business running.

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