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