What makes a change maker?

Being a change maker is not easy. What is implicitly part of the job description is the ability to manage the fear of change. You have to face many hurdles and convince people that it is for the better. Soft skills are paramount for anyone who claims to offer solutions.

During the systemic economy summit #2, four top experts shared what qualities are essential in changemakers.

The changemaker has a dream. We all have dreams, after all. What separates him from most people is that he dares to act in order to make it a reality! He dares to try…and, sometimes, fails. But he rebounds against difficulties. Martin Luther King is one of the best known examples we have to illustrate this. “I have a dream!”

The passion to solve a societal issue is the driving force, the energy that pumps through the changemaker. He is not drained by too many questions, “what-if” and other unimportant issues. Action is at the heart of what he does.

The change maker is made of 6 main skills:

  1. Empathy
  2. Creativity – Finding alternative solutions to an issue.
  3. Team player – Taking into account the opinions of the others, thus mastering collective intelligence.
  4. Leader/Entrepreneur – He may lead the team, but gives recognition to all the members for each success. Only he takes the blame.
  5. Tenacity – There are (many) bumps on the road ahead. The question is: will driving on them break the engine, or make his willpower even stronger?
  6. Humility – Recognise failure. Understand the reasons why. And then move on.

On top of these skills, the change maker addtionally:

  • Is a “Yes Man” by default, in contrast to saying “No, but…”
  • Amplifies the weak signals. Always looking for the best path to reach its goals.
  • Creates a protected space for ideas to emerge.
  • Uses leverages of impacts.
  • Arranges unlikely alliances, finding the resources where they are.
  • Optimises the project by revising it multiple times.
  • Includes the stakeholders in the discussion (3rd key of the Systemic Economy Principles: Working with Stakeholders!).
  • Adapts himself to his audience constantly.
  • Is revitalised by criticism and is not discouraged by obstacles.

Does this describe you? Let us know!