Role Of The Leader, Overcoming Resistance Of Change, And The Communication Process

1410 Words Oct 22nd, 2014 null Page
According to Anderson (2015), change is a requisite factor for organizational development, and is required for organizations to remain effective, productive and satisfying to team members. Change may be required at the organizational level, or at the employee level. As a result, successful organizations must become competent at organizational change. To this end, much time and effort has been spent creating models of change, either from gathering empirical data or by more subjective personal experiences and observations. The aim of this paper is to examine two such models with regards to the role of the leader, overcoming resistance to change, and the communication process. The strengths and weaknesses of each model will be identified and the common principles will be discussed. The models chosen for this purpose are those of Lewin’s Three Phase Model and Weisbord’s Six Box Model.
Lewin’s Three Phase Model.
ChanginMinds.org (2014) describes Lewin’s Three Box model as a systems theory approach, and a vital piece of work that forms the basis of many current change theories. It comprises, as its name suggests, of three phases; unfreezing, moving and refreezing. The suggestion is made that people lean toward an environment in which they feel they have safety and a sense of control. When they feel this security they tend to find a definition of themselves through that environment. This unfortunately also creates situations where any change or deviation from their norm is…

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