Raising Your Game 12: Leading the way

By charity finance expert Paul Leigh

Paul Leigh
Paul Leigh

The articles in this series have offered some insights into high-performing finance functions. Review them, seek out the golden nuggets and implement those that are right for you. And remember that the accumulation of small changes can often have a profound impact.

Change doesn't happen by chance: it has to be led. The easier part is often identifying what needs changing and developing a solution; the difficult part is changing mindsets, behaviours and bringing people along with you in these changes.

Some people might get lost on the way because people react differently to change. And acceptance of the new ways doesn't usually happen overnight because people have to pass through a transition phase of letting go of the old before they are able to entirely accept the new. So you will need a little patience.

A few tips: recognise the psychology of change and that it is the role of the leader to deal with that. And don't forget that even the smallest change can often have a major impact on the person.

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