By | Published On: July 27, 2023 |

Welcome to episode 140 with Zach Montroy.

In this episode of The Executive Edge, I am joined by Zach, an expert in strategic leadership, offering solutions in areas such as strategic planning, marketing, communications and more. A pivotal point in our conversation today revolves around the significance of courage in leading change within organisations.

Effective leaders recognise that their teams are composed of individuals with diverse abilities and past experiences.  Some of which may involve trauma related to change. To foster an environment that facilitates change, empathy and understanding are therefore crucial. Zach believes that by acknowledging and appreciating the unique qualities of each team member, leaders can create a supportive atmosphere that encourages growth and adaptation.


What else did we speak about?

We further delve into the psychology of change, as Sue offers that language plays a significant role in how people perceive and respond to change. Some words, like redundancy and failure, can trigger stress and resistance. Effective leaders understand the importance of using positive language that emphasises improvements and growth. That is to avoid negative associations. By framing change in a constructive and optimistic manner, leaders can minimise resistance and foster a more receptive environment.

We further explore the importance of setting realistic goals, and the power of communication. This is significant as it keeps your team aligned.

Courageous leadership involves a combination of understanding and appreciating individual team members. This includes effective communication of a clear vision and setting achievable goals. By creating an environment of empathy, trust, and alignment, leaders can inspire their teams and drive successful and meaningful change within their organizations. It is a proactive and people-centred approach to leadership. It empowers teams to overcome challenges and adapt positively to change. Ultimately it leads to long-term growth and success.

That’s all for this week. Stay tuned for the next episode, where we continue to explore cutting-edge topics in business and leadership.