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Leading a transformation essentially means leading people off a proverbial cliff on the promise of something better on the other side. By its very nature, most things you believe to be true at the beginning of a transformation turn out to be false. Or they change. And most people don’t like change all that much.

But some of us are excited by the sheer thrill of the unknown, to make a difference. In order to implement enduring change, a leader needs to gather the skilled, the brave and probably a little foolish, to build a “team” that is bigger than the sum of its parts. I’ve learned that as a “Transformation Leader” you need to give your “team” three things:

  • A Vision, a promise of what will come on the other side. Something worth jumping for.
  • Trust: you need to trust your people to bring all their skills and knowledge, so that collectively you can be successful.
  • Total commitment. Transformation fundamentally changes how people go about their business. If you are not all in, why would anyone else be?

“There is freedom waiting for you,

On the breezes of the sky,

And you ask “What if I fall?”

Oh but my darling,

What if you fly?”

– Erin Hanson

I’ve been part of many teams delivering a dream. It’s exciting and empowering. It’s a big adventure with a fantastic group – a chance to fly!

Leading a transformation team is awe-inspiring. To watch people (your people) rise to the challenge and make the improbable come true is utterly humbling.

To my leaders and teams past and present: thank you, you taught me how to fly.

To my current team: Don’t look down!

Krista has been nominated for transformation leader of the year at the Woman in Tech excellence awards! View the category and the rest of the nominees on the Women in Tech awards site here. We wish her and the rest of the nominees all the best.

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