The Inevitability of Change

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

~Wayne Dyer

Change is difficult for most people and leaders are no exception to that. Change is also inevitable and the first step in making change work for you is to understand what kind of change it is. To successfully handle and navigate change leaders need tools and insight. Change falls into four categories:

Personal: This is the change that affects us directly such as marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, career change, and promotion.

Group: Here we have change that affects similarly situated groups of people like a department, a business unit or team.

Organizational: Change within the organization affects individuals and groups across different levels and can include reorganizations, divestitures, acquisitions, layoffs or expansions.

Environmental: No less important than the rest, environmental change can be office moves, buying or selling a home.

Change is not random and doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  We are not powerless over change unless we choose to be and while we may not be able to control change there are some things we can do to understand it and make it easier:

Question: The most often asked question is “Why is this happening to me?” It’s key to not stop with just that question but to go on and ask yourself “What am I supposed to learn from this?” Everything happens for a reason and there are lessons in all of it.

Understand: Your questions should lead you to some sort of understanding. Is what is happening within your control or not? What is the lesson you will take away from the experience? How will this affect you?

Decide: Once you have asked the important questions and have some sense of understanding of the change, why it is occurring, what you might take away from it and how it will affect you, you can decide how to react to it. Will there be some kind of action on your part?

Trust: Finally you must trust that things will always work out the way they are supposed to. It may not be the way we want or hope for, but it is always going to be what it is going to be.

The change will always affect you, sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. Regardless, if you take some time to think about it, you will be better equipped to approach and handle change the best way possible.

Change is not only likely, it’s inevitable.

~Barbara Sher


Anthony T. Eaton
Anthony T. Eaton
ANTHONY is a seasoned, certified Human Resources professional with more than twenty years of experience working in a range of industries including non-profit, banking, utilities and government. In addition, he is an accomplished leader and author with a passion for personal and professional leadership and development. Believing that every person has the opportunity and potential to lead, his focus is on helping others be the best leaders they can no matter who they are or position they hold. In 2013 Anthony took his leadership message online with a blog. Initially posting an inspirational quote of the day he then began doing interviews with a wide range of individuals from diverse background about their personal journey, leadership experiences, and thoughts. In 2015 he created a website and added feature articles, a second interview series WOMEN ON LEADERSHIP along with a book review. In 2016 he published his first book LEADERSHIP CONVERSATIONS, a series of interviews on leadership and more. Anthony’s purpose is to inspire and motivate others by initiating conversations about what it means to be a leader in the broadest sense of the word.

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  1. Anthony, thank you for writing and sharing your article. Change whether or not we like it is as you say inevitable. In some cases, changes can be reversed but that may not be prudent to do. Our lives have changed radically due to the coronavirus yet, by and large, we are adapting. Leaders must change to adapt to new thinking.