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Change Lessons from the CEO: Real People, Real Change by Johan Coetsee, Patrick C. Flood

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CHAPTER 1

Your Journey to Leading Change Authentically

Chapter at a Glance

In this chapter you will learn the fundamentals of leading change in an authentic manner together with some self-assessments to enable you to gauge your capacity to do this right now. It further aims to give you an understanding of what does it mean to be an authentic leader and leading change in an authentic manner? This chapter, based on the real experiences of CEOs we interviewed, will illustrate the importance of aligning your values and beliefs with your actions when leading change. Real change starts with you – it stems from your willingness to own your weaknesses, confess your failures, and recognize that many life stories do not have a happy ending (Block, 1997). ...

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