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Are you speaking about change?

When you are speaking about change, you need to be aware of whether you are the only one speaking up on a certain topic or viewpoint. As a leader, you need to be aware of whether or not others are following you. If you are the only voice speaking up for change, you could well be a pioneer. If your viewpoint is a sound one, others will soon follow you. What you say will resonate with others and they will join in and support you. Your following will increase as a result of your speaking up. This is when speaking up for change is working. Learn more in my book Speak Connect Succeed – Build Your Reputation As You Speak.

Are you the only one speaking up for change?

However, when you are the only one speaking for change, you could also be in trouble. I have witnessed some leaders speak up for a specific change and encounter stiff opposition from different quarters. A leader needs to listen to opposition before proceeding. This does not mean a leader never makes an unpopular choice. It means that a leader strives to explain her or his viewpoint to others. You need to motivate your change in a way that resonates with your followers. This includes listening intently to opposing viewpoints. This includes collaborating positively with your team. This includes not always having things go your way.

Do others agree with you?

If you are speaking up for change and no-one else agrees with you, alarm bells should go off! If your message is not resonating with those you are leading and serving, something is wrong. Consider the following:
– Is your standpoint serving your own agenda rather than that of those you lead and serve?
– What are you not listening to? Have you underestimated the opposition to your idea?
– What is the cost to you personally of refusing to budge?
– What opportunity are you missing out on by needing to be right?

Speaking as a Leader and speaking for change is not always easy. Remember that you lead within a context. Your voice should not be a lone voice. If you are in touch with your followers, your words should advocate a change that others can support. Your voice should represent the needs and aspirations of the group you are serving. Your voice should have a chorus of others supporting you. That is the voice of a leader.