In this article, we asked our Agile coaches “What are Your Suggestions to Agile Leaders?”. Let’s see what they said…
In my view being an Agile Leader means to be a trustful friend, role model and experienced guide of a new dynamic generation who is creative and willing to create contiuous value.
On which other properties can I recognize an Agile Leader?
- Developing and using emotional intelligence at maximum potential
- Being able to see secluded places
- Reshaping instead of reacting to uncertainties
- Developing flexibility and substantiality against unknowns
- Developing new Agile leaders and
- I recognize them also that they bring out the creativity of an self-organized team.
That may seem like a big responsibility and workload, but if every leader takes his leadership into the own hands, the rest will almost happen by itself.
I think Agility is essentially a people-oriented approach. Therefore any practice that does not put “people” in the very center of everything may contradict with Agility at some point. From this standing, perhaps leaders can start by asking themselves the following questions:
- Is the purpose of the organization I work for meaningful and people-oriented?
- Does my team really understand the purpose and internalize its meaning?
I believe that it is possible for an organization to truly focus on the customer it serves via its products & services if and only if these conditions are met. Once customer focus is well-established, reviewing all activities in order to offer the highest value to the customer as quickly as possible and determining the organizational priorities accordingly may contribute to the establishment of a healthy ground for agility.