Think back to when you were a teenager. Would you have been excited about the future if your parents told you they were moving the family to a different city and you were leaving all your friends, switching schools and starting over…but they didn’t seem thrilled at the idea, couldn’t tell you why you were moving, or what the long-term prospects were? Would you have been able to see why the move was important to the whole family? Parents are the leaders of families, and we instinctively look to them for guidance. In this case, they set you up to be worried, upset and anxious from the start by not being effective sponsors of change.
A similar dynamic exists in organizations if leaders are ineffective change sponsors.