From the chrysalis, the beautiful butterfly is born. From the acorn, the mighty oak grows. Change is one of the few certainties in your life. It can be unexpected. It can feel disorientating and unwelcome, it creates disruption and pushes us out of our comfort zones. It can lead people to feel afraid of what the future holds.
Rather than resisting change, which is often futile anyway, people who have learned to embrace change are often better able to capitalise on the opportunities that inevitably follow in change’s footsteps.
In this article, we list three good reasons why people should embrace change as an important trigger for personal and professional growth – and how leaders can create the environment where change is embraced.
Reason 1. Embracing change is less stressful than fighting it
As an individual, you might not like all changes that come your way. This too is a fact of life. Instead of looking at change in fear, turn your thinking to the opportunities that follow in change’s wake. Every change is a turning point – you may not be able to control your environment and the change that goes on within it, but you can control how you manage it.
As a leader, you need to set the expectation with your team that change is inevitable. By setting expectations early, you avoid team members from feeling blindsided when change occurs. If you set your vision as a dynamic, evolving organisation, your team will be better prepared for shifts that happen.