An Essay Submitted for
CLED-510 LUO (spring 2011)
Biblical Foundations for Christian Leadership
Include in your paper the profile of a leader in trouble, the leader as a change agent, why people resist change, and how to create a climate for change.
By Howard Byrd
March 4, 2011
Change is inevitable, individuals; particularly those in leaderships should to strive to make sure that change is for the positive. If positive change is the desired result, there must be intentional effort to make that happen. Change is not always easy and the positive results are immediately apparent in every instance, but leaders with targeted objectives will make it happen. There is truth in the statement, “Once the leader can determine the difference between novel change and needed change, then that leader must become a change agent.”1 Positive change is always the result of intent.
One of the instances where positive change is most certainly needed is when the leader is in trouble. The leader will most often be the individual who by intent or default sets the culture for the organization. There are certain characteristics that identify the troubled leader, and many deal with the unwillingness or inability to implement change. They include, “lack of imagination, poor people skills, and unwillingness to take risk, inflexibility and a general attitude of resistance to change.”2 Any leader who will not change will eventually become ineffective, and trouble is a constant companion. There is hope for the leader who is trouble but there must be a concerted effort to improve in the areas of lack by adjusting policies and implementing the necessary modifications to make it happen. This will also involve sacrifice, “leadership demands a commitment of service to others, a placing of the needs of others above your own.”3 The troubled leader must be willing to be humbled to move from problem to progress....