5 Habits of Highly Effective Change Managers

The late and great Dr Stephen Covey got it right when he wrote the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in 1989 - a best seller that has sold over 25 million copies around the world since. 

The habits highlighted in the book were readily adopted by many successful people around the world. 

What then, would some of the habits of highly effective Change Managers be? 

Listed below are just some that may contribute to not only a successful change program, but also to becoming a highly effective and extremely successful Change Manager: 

1. Seek first to understand others - A highly effective Change Manager understands people. They recognise the change process can be difficult and that it has many layers. They genuinely want to help others and recognise change is all about people. They understand that while the process of change itself is important, the human aspect is far more important and needs constant attention and nurturing. A separate blog called 7 Miles refers to how important it is to see things through the shoes of another.

2. Communicate effectively - Change Management is all about communication. Staff need to be kept informed regularly about changes within the organisation. Not only is the actual communication process critical, the manner in which communication is undertaken is also a contributing factor to the success of a change program. Highly effective Change Managers have a clear vision for the change, and are able to clearly communicate that every day

3. Lead by example - Successful and effective Change Managers know how to influence others in a positive way because they lead by example. They are motivating and encouraging and this automatically results in respect – from others and for others

4. Obstacles – what obstacles?  - Having a positive mindset means you never see obstacles – you just see other ways of having to get things done. A highly effective Change Manager looks for the good in everything and when faced with what others may perceive as an ‘obstacle’, they just try to find new and innovative ways of doing things - and doing them right

5. Strive to be better  - Highly effective and truly successful Change Managers know that they are always learning, and while they can set great examples and act as well-respected and admired leaders, they also recognise that they can learn a lot from others too. They look for ways to improve what they know, what they are doing, and look for better ways, methods and processes. They understand that the ‘change world’ is always changing itself, and being aware of new methodologies, perhaps even creating new ones, and continuously improving themselves by investing in their own professional development is yet another aspect of being the best in their field

What habits would you add to this list?