Leading with Change

Kevin Coleman is a highly skilled senior level project and program manager/advisor with experience leading projects with labor budgets ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to multi-million dollar budgets across multiple industries.

Today, a true leader adapts and makes strategic changes as the highly dynamic global environment changes direction seemingly on a dime. It is that quality that often separates the winner from the losers in the highly competitive global operational environment most organizations find themselves operating in.

Much has been written about what the top leadership quality is and how that quality assists individuals and organizations to move in their chosen strategic direction. With nearly three decades of experience, I have come to the conclusion that it takes far more than one leadership attribute to be successful and adapt to a changing environment.

Modern leaders must have confidence, patience, compassion, understanding, sympathy and a zest for continuous learning (just to name a few of the fundamental requirements). Perhaps the most desirable characteristic for a leader to possess during periods of significant change is the ability to communicate.

Leading in the dynamic and somewhat uncertain environment is certainly a challenge. It is also not for those weak in character and self-confidence. After all, your reputation (and in some cases you career) could very well be in jeopardy if you fail.

I recall one individual that I met who was asked about success and management. He interrupted the individual. I would rather have people come along with me than be a leader and …

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