Conjunction junction, what’s your function… in leadership?

  • August 31, 2015
  • /   Kolleen Edwards Chesley
  • /   training-development

Even though grammar wasn’t my favorite subject in school, I do remember learning about transitions. These are the little words or phrases that connect one idea to another. They may seem insignificant, however transitions play a very important role. Phrases like “in contrast” or “on the other hand” are the word bridges that connect one thought to a different thought in the same sentence. These types of transitions in the English language are used as the strategic pauses to subtly let the reader know things are changing. Done well they help guide and ease the reader through the change in thought.

In “The Secret to Getting Good at Change”, entrepreneur and bestselling author of Leadership is Dead, Jeremie Kubicek claims that “transition” is more than an exercise in grammar, it is the secret of managing change as a leader. “Handling transition well. Treating transition with intentionality. Speaking about it often. Helping teammates and family deal with change appropriately. Getting in and out of transition with fluidity” are skills that leaders must master to become good at change.

If you are reading this and thinking, “I’m not a Master of Transition yet, but I want to be!” Jeremie outlines four areas to focus to build up your transitional skills. The first one is thinking ahead. Similar to our grammar example, as a leader you have to be keenly aware of what is coming next and you have to be able to anticipate any pitfalls your team may encounter thru the change. What’s numbers two, three and four? Well, that’s my transition to say my goodbye’s and let you read on to learn how you can become a better leader by mastering transition: