LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE 4
According to Catalano (2012) motivating individuals to change isamong the most difficult and significant leadership roles. Changerefers to the procedure of changing or making something differentfrom its previous form. Implementing change becomes difficult whenthe change subjects are resistant to change.
Years ago, I was selected to become a class representative. The taskinvolved, working with fellow students in finding solutions to issuesaffecting students and planning student activities. Considering thata class comprises of students from diverse backgrounds and withdifferent viewpoints, at times it was difficult to have everyoneagree on the similar activities. This was mostly the case whenorganizing activities that would engage all students. I realized thatwith every student suggesting their ideas on what they preferredresulted in conflict. Hence, it was important to come up with achange strategy that would reduce the conflicts. As the classrepresentative, it was important to ensure that conflicts werereduced as much as possible.
When deciding on what student activities the class would participatein, each student would suggest their idea, and the class would thenchoose from all ideas. The idea that had most supporters would passthrough. For instance, when deciding on whether to create a play orcompose a song, if more students supported a play, then the wholeclass would have to work towards making a play. However, I realizedthat the students interested in music would always lack motivation intaking part in the play. Hence, I planned on a change strategy thatwould involve incorporating the ideas of all students. The changeinvolved allowing all the ideas to be merged into a single activity.For instance, when students choose a play, I would ensure that thoseinterested in music had roles in the play that required them to sing.Change is either planned or unplanned. Research supports plannedchange as more productive and takes effect following implementationof a new element in an organization (Catalano, 2012).
As a leader, I used my leadership skills in motivating students toaccept the new idea. I communicated the change by organizing adiscussion forum. At the start of the discussion, I informed thestudents on the importance of incorporating every student’s ideasinto our class activities, why it is important and how it can beachieved. I also allowed the students to comment on what they thoughtwould also be incorporated in the new plan. The provisions includedevery student accepting the ideas of the other. Unlike before when astudent was allowed to refute the suggestion of a fellow classmate,it was now mandatory to accept all ideas. Students would then worktogether and come up with an activity that incorporated all the ideasinto one generic class activity. As the class representative, I wouldbe in charge of supervising the change to ensure that all studentswere cooperative.
The change would be evaluated depending on the ability of studentsto agree on class activity ideas. An increase in the acceptance ofall student ideas apparent through class activities that depict amixture of ideas was an indicator of change. Considering theprobability of resistance to change, the complexity of coming up withnew ideas and the time limit for students to meet and discuss on anactivity, the time-line for change to occur would be two months.
Catalano, J. T. (2012). Nursingnow: Today`s issues, tomorrow`s trends.Philadelphia: F.A. DavisCo.