Karen Darrin

Every leader, at some point in their career, will be challenged with supporting and implementing changes they don’t agree with. You may disagree with the change, but you’re stuck with it. How can you authentically move forward?

Here are 4 tips to help guide you through:

Clarify the “why”

When it comes to any change, you need to understand the “why” behind the change. Understanding the specific goals of the proposed change will help you more effectively move forward.

Focus on what is best for the organization, not what is best for you or your team

In a perfect world, you, your team, and the organization would be in alignment. With competing resources, however, this is rarely the case. If senior management can count on you to implement the decisions that are in the best interest of the organization, the individuals with the most influence in the organization will respect you for your strong leadership and loyalty.

Recognize the difference between agreement and support

A leader sharing their concerns and disagreement with an upcoming change is honest communication. Honest and open communication is great. What is not great is for the leader to roadblock the change, either personally or through their direct reports. Recognize that there is an important difference between your disagreement with the change, and your support of the change.

Focus on what you can control

When change happens to you (versus a change you chose), you can waste valuable energy on complaining. What can you control? Your attitude and your efforts. Focus on how you can develop your own resiliency muscles with this situation and move ahead with curiosity instead of your negative point of view.

And, if you just can’t drink the corporate kool-aid, consider what your next career move should be. Don’t step into a victim mentality.  Get to work on finding or creating work you’ll love. Bottom line: you are in charge of you.


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