Leading a team through change is one of the biggest challenges a leader can face. Even though the team knows that change needs to happen, they will resist it tooth and nail. This is where you will begin to make some of the most difficult decisions in your business.
As a leader you will need a large dose of humility. It can be a blow to your ego to know that some of your pet projects are not only superfluous, but detracting from your continued growth. Reevaluate what is most important to the business. You’d be surprised at what will really makes your business successful. Be ready to let go of your own thoughts and ideas about how things should work.
Getting an outsider’s professional view might be necessary. You can be so close to the problem that you can’t see the solution. Depending on your team and the culture you’ve created, they may not be able to see it or feel uncomfortable cluing you in. If you haven’t already, identify a consultant, coach, mastermind group, or all of the above that you will use.
Note that by implementing these changes you will purposely take your team from the Norming stage back to the Storming stage as they try to hash out their new roles and how they will work together. This will create conflict – which will be good. But knowing how to manage your team through the conflict and avoiding complete nuclear warfare will be your challenge.
Know also that there will be people that need to leave the team. Be comfortable with that. Their departure does not mean that they are a bad person (though some might be) or that you are a bad leader. Sometimes people refuse to grow with the company. It’s OK. But if they cannot grow with you, then it’s time for them to find a place where they will be happier.
David Bryant Mitchell is a business coach and consultant that works with business owners and managers to create momentum in their business with strategies and tactics that they can implement today. These strategies are based on the five building blocks of business: Marketing, Leadership, Operations, Finance and Systems.