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The 108 Skills of Natural Born Leaders by Warren Blank

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40. Monitor the Forces of Change

Change disrupts routines and creates unforeseen opportunities. Change, like the ocean waves, can be a big turbulent force or a small gentle nudge. Change creates the need to lead. The best leaders recognize the two primary forces of change:

  • Demanded change

  • Desired change

Demanded or required change typically comes as an external press. A new government regulation or a threat from a competitor demands attention from those who want to lead an organization. A new organizational policy or procedure or an order from senior management requires a response from those who want to lead a group or unit. I often recognize the demand for change when I meet with senior executives. They speak with a pained look on their faces ...

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