Organisational Change and the Leadership for a Change Culture

By Theuns Oosthuizen and Jeany Lekgenyane.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Factors such as globalisation, intense competition and ever-changing rules and mental models make change a given fact. What used to be traditional markets have been eroded and competitors have flooded most of the markets. This brings new challenges. Organisations that seek growth, survival and sustainability must keep up with the changing environment. Organisations that ignore the changing environment choose to do so at the risk of failure. For an organisation to achieve its objectives, everyone in that organisation needs to contribute and align their efforts. As such, leaders and employees are important to the change process. Leadership forms part of the primary management tasks considered to be essential for management success. Leadership in itself is a broad concept that includes different focuses. This paper investigates leadership required for organisational change. Change management requires leadership for direction. The aim is to establish an understanding and existence of effective leadership within a changing organisation. A manager has to show different facets of his character in order to handle different people in different continuously changing situations. An effective manager has to modify, change or adapt his natural character to suit different purposes and conditions. The research was conducted at an Energy supplier for Southern Africa. The research group focused on middle management and their ability to establish a culture to manage change and fulfil their associated leadership responsibilities.

Keywords: Change, Leadership, Change Management, Management, Organisation

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 9, pp.79-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 744.343KB).

Theuns Oosthuizen

Head: Undergraduate studies, Department of Business Management, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

He is a senior lecturer in the field of Business Management, specialising in Leadership, Change and Diversity in a contemporary organisational context, as well as in a developing country context. He is currently occupied with studies, publicaitons, presentations and articles in the abovementioned field within the academic arena as well as the corporate sector. He is currently managing students, administrative and academic staff in the Department of Business Management who offered subjects on three dispersed campuses in the greater Johannesburg area. He is a founder member of the Leadership Forum in South Africa and a member of the South African Institute of Management Scientists (SAIMS), also being awarded the 2007 Leadership thinker by the South African Leadership Forum.

Jeany Lekgenyane

Chief Legal Advisor, Legal department, Eskom, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jeany Lekganyane completed a B Proc and LLB at the University of the North (now Univesity of Limpopo); a LLM at the University of Stellenbosch and the MCom Business Management at the University of Johannesburg. She has been admitted as an attorney in 1994 and later in 1995 enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court. Mrs Lekganyane is currently employed at Eskom as a chief legal adviser on issues including commercial, contractual, environmental and procurement matters facing the company.

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