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Developing Strong Leaders in a Climate of Change

Aspiring leaders from Leadership Great South Coast (LGSC) were inspired to lead change and choose resilience by Fearless Leadership Speaker and Mentor, Corrinne Armour in Port Fairy today. Program participants were challenged to take responsibility and embrace opportunities to influence positive change in their workplaces and communities.

Ms Armour warned that “70% of organisational change initiatives will fail” and stressed the importance of developing skills to drive effective change. “Recognising motivations for change in ourselves and others, communicating change effecively and actively engaging people in change will help make positive change stick”, explained Ms Armour.

Program participant Amanda Wearne recognised that “actions speak louder than words” when it came to making successful changes in the workplace, and encouraged workplace influencers to lead by example.

“The ‘buy in’ for change is driven by a combination of emotions and analytical thinking”, explained Ms Armour, “and conversations considering both of these are needed when introducing change in any environment”.

In a world where change in the workplace is becoming the norm, rather than the exception, the importance of building personal resilience was described as a vital leadership skill during the LGSC Program Day. This was emphasised in the light of figures suggesting individuals will spend an average of 22,808 minutes at work each year.

Program participants were presented with a range strategies for building resilience including learning to delegate, focusing on end points, recognising where things were beyond their control and maintaining alignment with their personal values.

Ms Juanita Dickinson described her own effective strategy of focsuing on an end point through the use of a “vision board”—a physical representation of her personal goals—to help navigate to a preferred career outcome.

The day was summed up by Ms Armour’s provocative challenge to the program participants—“If you don’t like a situation, change it. If you can’t change it, change how you think about it. If you can’t do that, it might be time to consider moving on”.

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