There is relentless pressure for transformation sponsors to deliver better results with fewer resources. This means that the executive’s commitment to transformation is more important than ever.
The first major milestone decision in a transformation is the C Suite’s selection of the transformation programme’s sponsor. It is a seemly simple decision, but the selection will have significant impact on the transformation and the people within the organisation.
Questions to Consider
Prior to the appointment of the sponsor, there are a few key questions you should consider:
1. What is the track record of the potential sponsor in the delivery of programmes or projects?
Good form in delivery is critical to transformation success.
2. Is the sponsor able to deal with complex problems well?
All transformations are complex.
3. Does the sponsor have a sense of humour?
This leadership trait will serve the organisation well during the potential turmoil of a transformation.
4. What are the employee engagement scores for this sponsor within the business unit?
A sponsor who engages people well can assist the transformation outcomes.
5. What are the Emotional Intelligence (EI) levels of the sponsor?
The most effective Transformational Leaders are alike in one crucial way – they all have a high degree of Emotional Intelligence.
A transformation sponsor with high EI can influence, inspire and consider other’s opinions. They can significantly shape an organisation’s culture and practice, offering a clear vision while facilitating outstanding performance.
For me, EI is the one skill of a transformation sponsor that provides the opportunity to multiply the capacity of an organisation to successfully transform, which is incredibly important given the complex stakeholder mixes that exist in organisations today.
What are your key considerations when selecting a sponsor? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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