As a change agent, to have the most influence in an organization, you need to have the ear of one or more people with power. Not only do you want the leaders of your organization to listen to what you say, ideally you want them to seek out your advice when they are trying to drive change. This trusted advisor relationship with leaders is a pinnacle achievement for change practitioners.
In my work at Enclaria, I partner with leaders to help them lead change, and I also partner with change agents to help them gain trusted advisor status. My advice on becoming a trusted advisor comes from a coaching mindset, which allows you to be an expert without being a know-it-all. The following are some of the approaches that, in my experience, help develop a trusted advisor relationship with leaders. [Read more…] about How to Become a Trusted Advisor to Leaders