5 ways to drive positive change in a business

@IE University

It’s no secret: businesses have to constantly change the way they operate to keep up in the fast-paced digital era.

In a time of increased globalization and the rise of technological advances, there is a growing need for individuals who have the skills to lead positive change within organizations.

The emergence of fast-growing startups and innovative organizations is constantly on the rise; they are a disruptive force in the business world. Today, agile individuals ready evolve and lead evolution, are necessary at organizations across sectors in order to keep businesses at the cutting edge.

But how do you drive positive change in the business world? Developing a tool box that includes these five tools will help you become a leader in positive change, no matter where you decide to make your mark.

An entrepreneurial spirit

An entrepreneurial spirit

As governments evolve—implementing new laws that respond to changing times—management roles and the use of technology are increasing dramatically. And as customers expect more, there is growing pressure for companies to stay up-to-date with new trends. Having an entrepreneurial spirit allows professionals to stay ahead of the curve, taking advantage of new laws, technology, and consumer demands to drive positive change.

An entrepreneurial spirit is much more than simply a way of thinking. It is about actively seeking change and making a conscious effort to embrace the unknown. It involves being willing to take risks to improve results and break down the barriers of traditional business attitudes.

It is an essential asset for those wanting to lead transformation within companies. Now, more than ever, there is a need for individuals who are proactive rather than reactive. These professionals are able to lead organizations into the future, leaving behind traditional concepts and taking on disruptive new ideas.

Innovation and creativity

Innovation is the engine of any company. Companies that successfully employ innovation management are able to adapt to new changes and improve future success. Customers have become more demanding, expecting a lot more from the services they pay for. As a result, companies have to make sure their services or products stand out.

Innovation and creativity

Developing and using creativity will allow you to help organizations become leaders across sectors. Of course, this is not a simple task. Since innovation is complex and needs to be incorporated throughout a company to truly make an impact, it requires individuals who are ready to structure, organize, and promote it to drive real change.

Sustainable positive change

Successful leaders do not see change as a one-time occurrence. They understand the need to implement creative, sustainable change in the long-term. Creating an environment of positive change not only improves efficiency and business outcomes, it also helps employees fulfill their potential, and fosters an innovative, forward-thinking mindset throughout the entire organization.

Companies can no longer rely on legacy or reputation. Fostering an environment of continuous positive change is a highly sustainable way of carrying out business. The high levels of adaptability and awareness required for this mind-set are also both invaluable assets to have as a next-generation leader of positive change.

Fast reactions to new trends

There are always new trends emerging which are shaking up the business world. New advancements in technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning, for example, are now being used by many organizations to keep up with the increasing demand in services. What will be next?

Being able to understand new trends and even predict which will emerge in the future will help you drive positive change within any organization. Whether it’s new trends in the way we work, like the increase in freelance workers, or new trends in products or services, such as a more customer-based approach, next-generation professionals have to understand and use these trends to foster both successful and effective change.

Building a strong team

There is nothing quite like the power of a strong team. Leading a team that works fluidly together increases work efficiency and morale among employees.

Positive change in a business

Inspiring your colleagues through positive leadership and creating a cohesive team working towards common goals will foster an environment of positive change. Motivated team members will more successfully collaborate with changes, positively improving your business, both at a personal and professional level.

By developing and applying these 5 tools, you will be able to drive positive change in any business, foster the long-term success of both of your business and your career.