Leadership and Change!
‘Change’ is perhaps the only word in English vocabulary to garner both frowns and excitement at the same time.
It is always easier to do things the way it has always been. It is always easier to succumb to the status quo. Since the dawn of mankind, human beings have accepted norms which faciliate survival and saves energy. Even at present, it makes sense to accept the status quo in order to save energy and toil. It is easy to become comfortable and stop pushing yourself. It is easy to do what you did last year or you have been doing since decades. It is easier to say ‘yes’ to everything to what everyone says. It is easy and safe to obey, to execute orders, to feed ego of your authority.
But it is harder to question everything. It is harder to exercise the vicious cycle of learning and unlearning. It is hard to accept denials and failures. It is hard to stare at your boss and say ‘no’ to his whims. It is really hard to wean off the addictions named, salary, reputation, status and ego. To start again with a blank piece of A4 sized paper. It is hard to start everything from the scratch, from where you started.
In my life, I had come across two types of people- one who feels complacent with everything in their surrounding while the other who does not believe in freewheel. The former loves to freewheel down the slopes, while the latter keeps cycling like crazy as it is a good mindset for when the hills come. While the former enjoys prerogatives of individual growth, security, reputation and status; the latter takes onus, lead tribes, convert average individuals into crusaders. People do not follow leaders but it is the idea of a leader which attracts and retains similar minded people. Leadership is not about designation, command, authority or processes that compel people to follow the status quo- rather leadership starts with a call for change. Changing of orthodox and irrelevant beliefs, dogmas, functions and processess. Leadership is about your beliefs and the way you stand for it.
If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.
To some, ‘change’ is the word that garners excitement and courage while for others the word, ‘change’ triggers intimidation. But how much do we actually know about change?
Well, very unlike ideas, change has got a formula. It was created by Richard Beckhard and David Gleicher. This formula is said to provide a model to assess the relative strengths affecting the likely success of any breakthrough decisions.
The formula is:
D x V x F > R
Any change at individual or institutional level demands the following three factors:
D= Dissatisfaction with how things are now.
V= Vision of what is possible.
F= First, concrete steps that can be taken towards the vision.
R= Resistance to change.
If the product of all aforementioned factors are more than R, then change is likely possible.
With D, V, F having zero or negligible value, the product will be either zero or too low to overcome the resistance.
This formula encompasses leaders like Martin Luther King, Mandela, Gandhi or even Einstein and Tagore. Disruptive.and revolutionary changes are possible only through the intensity of aforementioned factors. So if you’re still thinking about your possibilities, pen down the formula on a piece of paper and start putting value to them.