The five change strategies that leaders can utilize:
- Directive strategy – the manager uses his authority and imposes change with little or no involvement of other people.
- Expert strategy – usually involves expertise to manage and solve technical problems that result from the change.
- Negotiating strategy – manager shows willingness to negotiate and bargain in order to effect change with timely adjustments and concessions.
- Educative strategy – when the manager plans to change peoples’ values and beliefs.
- Participative strategy – when the manager stresses the full involvement of all of those involved and affected by the anticipated changes.
These are not mutually exclusive. It is not uncommon to use 2 or 3 or even all five on larger, more complicated changes.