One of the more important responsibilities that an effective leader has is responsible for is creating change and the environment needed to facilitate change in their organization. One can trace back in our history at many well-known leaders who have failed to create change, even when it was undisputedly needed, and view the consequences of failing to do so. Most failures of organizations can be traced to leaders lacking the foresight, information, or fortitude to make projected changes in effort to alter the path that their organization was tracking.

Leaders make appropriate changes through the key drivers of the organization that they steer. These drivers are:

Mission, Vision, Goals, and Objectives.

The vision obviously encumbers the most effective opportunity for them to create change. True great leaders balance theses key drivers with processes and resources to move their organizations toward success, altering these components in appropriate doses.

Numerous leaders are placed in their jobs because of their intelligence or technical ability and lack essential strategic depth of thought. I have always looked for leaders that not only have intelligence, technical ability, and vision, but have also shown themselves successful in initiating appropriate changes in their organizations. Such leaders:


Leaders with vision tend to have a knack for what right looks like and see the need to change. This knack starts with a set of standards that they instill in their entire organization.


Before implementing change, leaders must be able to analyze whether or not changes need to be made. Such changes are a result of decision support systems.


Leaders should have the ability to reinvent themselves. In order to create change, one must be able to lead change.


By far the most difficult, proper execution of change is essential. Leaders must manage the change through the entire execution phase, guide those affected by the changes, and make any necessary adjustments.


Do you have the ability to envision the changes that need to be made within your organization, and transition yourself to successfully execute change?

Major General (Retired) Mike Diamond is CEO and founder of Diamond Strategy Group. Diamond Strategy Group is a leadership development and consulting company. We focus on improving the quality of leadership within organizations by utilizing the same methods Mike and his consultants have used in both military and civilian sectors.

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