5 Changes All Leaders Should Make

Keeping up with the changing times is critical to the success of any business.

However, change can only be driven by company leaders who are willing to change themselves, says Barbara Trautlein, author of "Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks" (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2013).

"Leadership is the key to successful major organizational change, Trautlein said. “It is possible to lead successful and sustainable change — if it's led effectively."

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Too often, Trautlein said, today's employees thirst for guidance, but are distrustful and disenfranchised, rather than engaged, empowered or equipped to do what is needed to help their organizations transform to survive and thrive.

She offers business leaders several tips for how to change their own ways in order to become a better leader and improve the success of their organizations:

Trautlein said the good news is that none of these prescriptions requires leaders to change who they are.

"They are all about shifts in mind-sets and behaviors," she said. "It's about the flexibility to adapt our leadership approach to get us all where we need to go."

Trautlein's book, "Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks," is scheduled to be released on May 14.

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