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How can a leader manage change while still maintaining the organization's core values?

Change is a constant, especially when it comes to businesses. Leaders have to encourage and act on change in order for their organizations to remain competitive in today’s society. However, it is important for leaders to balance change with institutional values and culture, preserving them as appropriate. A strong leader can recognize when a change is necessary and how to embrace it without jeopardizing the organization’s core values. Learn more about change management from the resources provided.

Why does it sometimes take a very long time for some changes to occur in an organization?

Some changes take a long time to occur because the change process itself may be lengthy due to a resistance to change or to the actual time it takes for people to adapt to the change or new process. However, some changes are lengthy because they are part of a bigger plan. For example, the long-term nature of a change may be due to a strategic leader’s plan for the future of the organization. He/she may be striving to lay a foundation for achieving a vision for the organization’s future that will endure. These types of changes take time and often endure beyond the strategic leader’s tenure. Learn more about strategic leadership and organizational change from the resources provided.

Why is it important for a leader to be flexible?

There are a number of reasons why a leader should be somewhat flexible. For example, in order for an organization to grow, its leaders must be open to change. Change often requires individuals to modify their behaviors, particularly when the change involves new technology. Therefore people, and leaders in particular, must be open to change and flexible enough to embrace the modifications. Additionally, leaders should remain vigilant for unexpected opportunities for the organization that may arise and exercise the flexibility needed to respond quickly in order to take advantage of them.

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