To-day is the first time I attended a lecture by the Harvard leadership guru Prof John Kotter.It was full house even at a price tag of RM 2000 per participant.That roles of leaders is very important in "managing" change. The guru explained the roles of leaders(what leaders do); it should be more leading(70% to 90%) than managing(10% to 30%).He also articulated the 8 Steps to Successful Change.
If you are a leader (everyone is a leader in our own way/position), you must be something,know something and do something.Many people wish to be leaders, but are they competent?
All of us are affected by change in all aspects of our personal and business life.It is good to learn more about it.May I suggest Prof Kotter's book entitled Leading Change(ISBN:0-87584-747-1) for your reference.This book tells why many "change projects" failed and at the same time,the book gives some guide to increase our chance of success.
When he was asked about the nature/kind of leadership for the 21st century,he answered : More! He said we need more leaders at all levels and more leadership from each leader.Looking at the world situation now, I think the world is moving to an unknown destination without a leader.May Allah swt save all of us!