If you want to be in leadership, get comfortable with change. It’s part of the experience of every leader. The best leaders get accustomed to leading change.
Every leader deals with change, but in my experience, some handle it better than others. There are change agent leaders who seem to have an innate gifting at leading through change. I love to learn from these special leaders.
I’ve observed some common characteristics change agent leaders share.
Here are seven characteristics of good change agents:
It doesn’t have to be their design. They simply want progress toward the overall vision. These change agents are never stubborn on matters that seem to have no vision-altering value. They navigate towards a solution, letting others have “their” way. Everyone walks away feeling as though they have won.
Change agent leaders are willing to receive criticism and still move forward. They know how to filter through what is valid criticism—worth hearing—and what’s simply a venting of personal interest. They unwaveringly push through the junk that clouds progress.
Good change agent leaders value the opinions of other people and work hard to gain trust. They know ultimate change can’t happen without human capital and they are constantly investing in relationships. Networking is one of a change agents greatest tools.
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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he’s been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.