The word change is severally used by many but connotes different things to different people. For leaders and everyone in pursuit of success, change is more of a subject of response and adaptation to both internal and external factors with a single aim of generating positive gains and improvement.
Whether in business, politics or academics, change is measured by progress made between two defined points where a determination has been made to alter the status quo. Change can happen due to shift of position, alteration of the form of what exist, replacement of one thing with another or a switch from one form to entirely something different.
When a leader is confronted with a situation that requires changing a decision, a plan, product, or position, it usually creates discomfort and in some cases pains. The pains that come with the need for change could be physical, psychological, financial or all above as the change may take a toll on all the persons involved.
To succeed, you need change and the prospect of changing the things you do has direct proportionality to the progress you make. At some point, you may need to change everything: relationships, career, jobs, house, cars, residence, nationality, etc. because your success may depend on it.
The need for change happens with a realization that what exist will not stand the rigors of today and the future. Rather that sit down and do nothing, the realization becomes a motivation to bring a new approach to existence that will change the result from what exist to what is desired. The need for change as driven by realization will depend on the vision of the desired future, the clarity of what it portends, and the resources required to make it happen.
Having a vision of what is required, and the outcome would ordinarily make the quest for change attractive. However, major decisions that are made to facilitate the occurrence of change do meet brick walls due to so many factors. These factors could range from lack of will to implement the change, resistance from stakeholders, legal/regulatory challenges, time, etc.
Every change brings a new vista of opportunities which may never be seen if the change was not embarked upon. For instance, a firm that decides to automate its system by bringing a new technology will find a great opportunity in operational efficiency and effectiveness in meeting customer demands. Successful leaders always look at the opportunities lying in the horizon where change initiatives are being introduced and they always play down on the discomfort and pains arising from their decisions. Successful leaders must embrace change and take advantage of the opportunities instead of agonizing over the inconveniences which are transitionary in nature.