Here are the 4 key elements of the Change Agent for those of you who may be thinking – “Am I a Change Agent, Change Make or perhaps even a Social Entrepreneur?”
What is a Change Agent or a Social Entrepreneur?
They are the New Style Leaders who are motivated by a desire to help, improve and transform social, environmental, educational and economic conditions. Key traits and characteristics of highly effective new style leaders/social entrepreneurs include ambition and a lack of acceptance of the status quo or accepting the world “as it is”. The new style leader is driven by an emotional desire to address some of the big social and economic conditions in the world, for example, poverty and educational deprivation, rather than by the desire for only making a profit. New-style leaders seek to develop innovative solutions to global problems that can be copied by others to enact change. New Style Leaders act within a market aiming to create social value through the improvement of goods and services offered to the community. Their main aim is to offer a better service, improving the community as a whole and is predominately run as non-profit schemes.
A Change Agent lives life with vision and action. Regardless of what is going on today, a change agent has a vision of what could or should be and uses that as the governing sense of action. To a certain extent, a change agent is dissatisfied with what they see around them, in favor of a much better vision of the future. Without this future drive, the change agent can lose their way.
A Change Agent is fueled by passion and inspires passion in others. Change is hard work and takes a lot of energy. Don’t underestimate this. In my experience, without passion, it is very difficult indeed to muster up enough energy to breakdown the stronghold of the status quo.
A Change Agent has a strong ability to self-motivate. There will be many days where everyone around does not understand and will not offer props. The change agent needs to find it within themselves to get up every day and come to work and risk being misunderstood and unappreciated, knowing that the real validation may be far in the future and maybe claimed by someone else.
A Change Agent knows change is understanding people. Because at the end of the day, change is about people. If you change everything but the people, you are not an effective change agent. Change will really “stick” when people embrace it. Therefore, change is part sales, part counseling and part encouragement. It’s all about people. Today’s most powerful avenue for the Change Agent is in the areas of Social Enterprise, Arts, Media, Technology and above all Community.
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