Change can be scary. But the best leaders smooth over the transition by supporting their teams and advocating for them. To foster this kind of environment, try these three things:
- Create a “safe” space. Individuals should feel comfortable bringing up any conflicts, emotions, and stresses related to the change. In these conversations, give everyone’s ideas serious consideration. Be honest, admitting when you’ve made a mistake or you don’t have an answer.
- Protect your team. Shelter them from interference, stand up for them to get the resources you need, and show courage in sticking up for your people.
- Manage workload. Overwhelmed employees will have more trouble handling change. Effective leaders are masters of pacing work. Prioritize tasks to minimize confusion and chaos.
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