It is normal to resist change. Let's face it, most people prefer predictability and stability in both their personal and professional lives. People typically avoid situations that upset the order of things, threaten self interests, or involve risks. But change is inevitable; leaders can make the transition from one situation to the next less stressful by considering these three tips:
1. Forgo surprises: When change is implemented without warning, it can cause people to push back due to their fear of the unknown. Allow for the people impacted to process and understand a change prior to implementation.
2. Build trust: If people respect and trust their leader, a team will be more accepting of change. If a leader is new and not yet earned the trust of a team, then mistrust can occur along with resistance to change.
3. Timing is everything: Initiating too much change in a short period of time can cause resistance. If change is not implemented at the right time, or with the right amount of empathy, resistance will occur.
Be prepared to communicate the what, why, when, and how of a new idea so that people feel more comfortable with the concept, resulting in the willingness to give it a try.