Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great. (Mark Twain)
Agile leaders are more of a gardeners than a conductors. They create the conditions for diversity to flourish and for true collaboration to unfold. They focus more on the future organization than on individual projects. It is obvious - and confirmed by current research - that leadership style is the biggest obstacle to agile transformations and at the same time the driver and key to their success.
Leaders in the agile environment need to develop new skills, they need to evolve and transcend what they have done successfully so far.
First and foremost is the ability to lead themselves and taking ownership. Walk the Talk.
This is the basis for meeting employees at eye level and creating space for learning in a fear-free atmosphere.
On this basis, leaders must learn how to create autonomous and self-directed teams that focus on customer value and thus create added value for the customer and the company.
Last but not least, successful agile leaders act as sense-makers for the entire organization. Together with the employees, they shape the direction, structure and culture of the company.
- Personal coaching (leading oneself, leadership, sense-making)
- Promoting ownership in oneself and others with the Responsibility Process (coaching and training)
- Shaping change and transformation with Lean Change Management (coaching and training)