The best way I know to gain respect as a change agent is to show that you care about people personally. People are more likely to go along with you, even in difficult times, if they feel you have their best interests at heart.
Of course it starts with actually caring – a good dose of empathy is always good. I don’t recommend pretending to care when you really don’t.
So get to know people personally. Understand how the change is affecting them. Advocate on their behalf for what they need during the change. Show that you care.
How might you show that you care?
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