Compare your analysis of Kanter’s Six Keys to your peer’s analysis

Discussion 2: Leading Positive Change
In this Discussion, you will reflect on the video Six Keys to Leading Positive Change by Rosabeth Moss Kanter. Consider the impact of the changes you are attempting to implement and how the video may help you achieve success. Of the six keys Kanter discusses, which do you believe will influence your ability to implement change effectively? Are there additional keys to success you believe are critical to change management that Kanter does not discuss?

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review this week’s Learning Resources, especially:

· Six keys to leading to positive – Six keys to leading positive change: Rosabeth Moss Kanter at TEDxBeaconStreet – YouTube

Assignment:

Respond to at least two (2) of your peers’ postings listed below in one or more of the following ways:

· Compare your analysis of Kanter’s Six Keys to your peer’s analysis. Are there any elements of your peer’s analysis you hadn’t thought of? What additional thoughts can you add to their analysis for consideration?

· Looking at your peer’s list of characteristics, what characteristics most resonated with you? Do you agree with the list they have outlined? Do you think they are missing any key characteristics from their list?

· 3 – 4 paragraphs

· No plagiarism

· APA citing

1st Colleague – Kristen Springer

Kristen Springer – D2W8

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The most important characteristics in transformational leaders are patience, kindness, modesty, communication, and being earnest. For example, in the stages of implementing any change, a leader cannot rush the process. “To foster team spirit, breed optimism, promote resilience, and renew faith and confidence, leaders look on the bright side” (Kouzes & Posner, 2017, p. 134). Along with all of these traits, I have learned that I can’t rush change. By being kind yet modest in communication will help win over the hearts of team members. Leaning on our own emotions and presenting them to our team in a way that not only gets our technical vision across but why we are passionate about it. Staying calm and enjoying healthy breaks will also help a leader to avoid exhaustion. Small wins should be rewarded and celebrated, without the loss of momentum which can lead to complacency.

To summarize Kanter’s Six Keys to Leading Positive Change:

  1. Show up; your presence makes a difference
  2. Just talk; your voice is important in naming the problem
  3. Look to bigger visions and values; gain a sense of hope
  4. Connect with others; get a partner
  5. Don’t give up even when there is a bump in the road
  6. Pay it forward; give back (TED. (Producer). Kanter, R. 2017).

I plan to write these out on an index card and keep them with me to serve as a guide.

Out of Kanter’s Six Keys to Leading Positive Change, I feel connecting with others is the most important. The older I get, the more I understand the need for connections. In the past, I have let my temper get the best of me and developed great disappointment in others which has made me jaded. There were times in my life when I felt like I could not count on anyone; times when I could not find a friend to lean on Every day I see people throwing cigarette butts and trash out of their windows. I pick up beer bottles and plastic wrappers every day on my daily walk through the park. People can disgust me. Yet, since I have aged and taken leadership classes, I see how wrong I am to try to be so self-governing. Having a friend, connecting with a team, enlisting others into your way of thinking, and even developing a passion that someone shared with me makes me feel alive again. Gone are the days when we rely on one person’s talent. I now prefer a team with a passion over that ego, no matter the level of skills.

In my life, I have given up many times. I was months away from having my Master’s in Education back in 1999, yet with a rough student teaching experience, I threw it all away. I remember crying every day for a month and binge eating. I sold Creative Memories products at one point and lost $1000 and quit. Therefore, the second most important to me in Kanter’s list is not giving up. I have honestly almost given up on this Master’s in Leadership numerous times, so this reminder is vital. I have a good job at a healthcare facility, so I wasn’t sure if I needed this degree. It seems to only take seconds to talk me out of something. I’m also enrolled to be certified as a Functional Nutrition Counselor by March of 2022. I have discovered through self-reflection that my passion really lies in Regenerative Agriculture. I know my “why” but I don’t know how to achieve my dream. I can’t give up or it will be a failure.

“Leaders help people see that what they are doing is bigger than they are and bigger, even than the business. Their work can be something noble. When these people go to bed at night, they can sleep a little easier, knowing that others can live a better life because of what they did that day” (Kouzes & Posner, 2017, 123). I’m limited by my location, inflation, my aging parents, and my adult children. I have many barriers to remove, but in this class, I have learned to never give up. I may need to adjust my plan, but I won’t fail. By being a leader to my parents as they age, I will guide them to make the best choices as they live out their last years. By being a leader to my adult children, I will remove barriers to help empower them to find jobs they are truly passionate about. I will lead the way to promote positive social change as I find my path in Regenerative Agriculture, organic food, and soil restoration. Somehow, I will make a slight dent in making American soil healthy again which will provide more nutrient-dense foods. By making American’s healthier, there will be less sickness, less depression, and more productivity. I will recommend that everyone watch the Netflix Documentary called, “Kiss the Ground” and join the movement! Thank you!

All the Best,

Kristen

Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2017). The leadership challenge: How to make extraordinary things happen in organizations. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.

TED. (Producer). (2017, January 7). Rosabeth Moss Kanter: Six keys to leading positive change [Video file]. Retrieved from: https//www.youtube.com/watch?v=owU5aTNPJbs

Tickell, J. & Tickell, R. (Director). (2020) Kiss the Ground. [Film]. Big Picture Ranch and Benenson Productions. Retrieved from https://kissthegroundmovie.com

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2nd Colleague – Natasha Mills

Natasha Mills

Leading Positive Change

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Leadership is a multifaceted phenomenon, particularly when it comes to what pertains effective leadership. Implementing change is only one of the many facets of leadership. Based on what I have learned in this course, as well as the research I have done, implementing change has also come out as a sophisticated process that calls for the change leader or manager’s mastery of most, if not all, dimensions of effective leadership (Kotter, 2012). However, from my perspective, some of the most prominent characteristics that make change leaders and managers effective and successful during transformational change are teamwork or collaboration and emotional intelligence.

I have learned in this course that all the steps in Kotter’s eight-stage process of implementing change in one way or another require collaboration and high levels of emotional intelligence, leading me to the conclusion that these must be the most instrumental characteristic that successful and effective leaders of transformational change should possess. Without these characteristics, it would be almost impossible for them to implement the identified steps efficiently. Simply, the characteristics of collaboration and emotional intelligence help leaders and managers of transformational change avoid the common errors that hinder successful implementation of change, some of which are allowing too much complacency, failing to create a powerful coalition, and underestimating the power of vision, among others (Kotter, 2012). An in-depth analysis of these common errors shows that a change leader or manager needs to collaborate with others and understand the feelings and emotions involved to achieve a successful transformation.

Kanter identifies six keys to leading positive change (TED Producer, 2017). The keys include showing up, speaking up, looking up, teaming up, never giving up, and lifting others up. Upon reflection, these keys to leading positive change are similar to the five practices of leadership as identified by Kouzes and Posner (2017). The practices are modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, enabling others to act, and encouraging the heart. The basis of this comparison is to establish that certain leadership practices cut across all leadership roles in their application. This makes Kanter’s six keys to leading change not so strange but highly fundamental for any leader or manager looking to attain a successful transformation.

Among the six keys of leading positive change identified, I find the showing up and teaming up keys to be the most crucial to becoming a change master. Kanter explains that achieving positive change is only possible when an individual shows up (TED Producer, 2017). This is because one’s presence makes the difference when it comes to moving people or an organization toward a positive direction. Therefore, one cannot implement the rest of the keys without this key because there will be nothing to apply them to. As a result, I can confidently state that this key will have an immense impact on my success as a change leader since I now understand that I first have to show up and set things in motion for the change that I desire to happen.

I find the key to team up to be the second most important among the six keys identified. It is extremely challenging for a leader to introduce change and see to its success as a single individual (TED Producer, 2017). Through teaming up, change leaders and managers achieve remarkable things because teamwork helps in finding who believes in the essentiality of the change, formulating a shared vision, and working toward the realization of the vision. Bringing together and aligning separate efforts into one big team is the hallmark for leading positive change. Hence, I believe that this key will immeasurably impact my success since I will not work alone when I apply it but will work with a team and do incredible things.

The knowledge and skills that I have obtained from this class have been fundamental in modeling me to become an agent of social change. We live in a fast-paced world that demands change in various contexts, including within an organization, community, and wider society. Therefore, I have acquired more tools to make the world a better place by taking this class, which translates to positive social change that aligns with Walden’s mission. As Kanter posits, it is not enough to say that one is working to make the world a better place (TED Producer, 2017).

Hence, more specifically, the knowledge and skills from this class have equipped me to be an effective social change agent, who will show up, speak up, look up, team up, never give up when I meet obstacles, and lift others up. At the same time, the knowledge and skills will help me bring others on board and achieve maximum impact of the positive social change in various contexts where change is needed by creating a shared vision, a guiding coalition, and showing them how the change benefits them both in the short and long-run (Kotter, 2012). In other words, this class has taught me how to effectively and successfully lead and manage change on a large scale.

Kotter, J. P. (2012). Leading change. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.

Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2017). A coach’s guide to developing exemplary leaders: Making the most of the leadership challenge and the leadership practices inventory (LPI). John Wiley & Sons.

TED. (Producer). (2017, January 7). Rosabeth Moss Kanter: Six keys to leading positive change [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owU5aTNPJbs

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