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Exploring leadership capability in times of change

Every successful organisation which has a strong vision and strategy knows from experience that delivering it is often a challenge. Not all leaders are experienced in change, so in the absence of good change leadership how do you make change happen?

Change leaders can be senior executives or local sponsors of change – the line managers or team leaders that people look to when questioning whether or not to take a change seriously or for information or guidance about a change.

Senior executives need to be able to successfully lead the organisation and culture of the future. This includes building the capability to change throughout the organisation – including not only the mechanics of change (such as setting up a successful change programme) but also the organisation’s capability to lead change. A shared vision and approach is crucial at this level if the change is to succeed.

At a local level, in order to gain the trust and motivation of their teams, a change leader must:

  • Ensure key stakeholders are behind the change vision.

  • Champion and role model the future ways of working.

  • Drive accountability for the change through their part of the business.

  • Inspire others and motivate staff to deliver transformation.

At Marlowe we believe that building change leadership capability is the most critical priority for organisations wanting to achieve their strategic goals and vision and as such a clear route map for the improvement of capability is an essential tool for success.

We use a three ‘I’s change leadership capability approach:

  • Impact – maximising personal leadership impact.

  • Insight – guiding business change activity to successful outcomes.

  • Inspiration – building a sustainable, quality organisational change leadership capability.

Taking time to understand your, and your team’s, capabilities across these three overarching skills can increase awareness and confidence to support the successful implementation of the change as well as:

  • Identifying where you, and key members of your team, are in your personal change journeys.

  • Encouraging ownership of change and change activity.

  • Improving your communication skills by understanding your own and your colleagues’ reaction to change and engaging with them in different and impactful ways.

  • Developing resilience through building the right mindset and behaviours to support successful project and programme delivery outcomes.

  • Building your knowledge of leading change effectively in the context of projects, project management and your day-to-day role as a change leader.

A good change leader will recognise that different leadership skills are required for different types of change programmes. An exceptional leader will feel confident to assess their own capabilities.

To help deliver your next change programme successfully why not contact us?


About Marlowe

At Marlowe we partner with you and your organisation to deliver large scale, complex transformation and change. We deliver business change solutions, change capability, assurance, training, leadership effectiveness and cultural change. Our focus is on your people to ensure your change is delivered practically, successfully and sustainably.

Please contact us if you would like to know more about delivering exceptional business change.

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