SKILLS & TRICKS
I don't claim that i am an expert on this subject and still there is a long curve of learning involved as my career grows in to new roles. What i am sharing here are some of my observations, notes references etc related to agile leadership and how well an organization should adopt them for survival. Let’s examine some favorite ideas and concepts around agile leadership.
In my experience, there are at least five criteria for successful agile transformations. Lasting organizational change happens:
The following focus on the main concepts related to agile leadership: from servant leadership to the agile mindset to creating a learning organization. The lists are not supposed to be comprehensive but provide the interested reader with a starting point for further research.
1. Servant Leadership
Servant leadership is a suitable approach to dealing with complexity. Complexity — the unknown unknowns — determines decision-making processes and is characterized by:
2. Intent-based Leadership
The principles of intent-based leadership according to David Marquet are as follows:
3. Agile Mindset
The ‘agile mindset’ discussion seems to be centered around five areas: complexity and planning, delivering value, self-organization, fostering collaboration, and cross-functionality of teams:
- Mindset, Complexity, and Planning
- Problem-solving in a complex environment cannot be achieved with “more” planning.
- The future in the complex or chaotic domain cannot be predicted.
- Hence different approaches need to be employed when dealing with creative solutions in unchartered territory, for example, Lean.
- Focus on Delivering Value
- Empiricism: Transparency, inspection, adaptation.
- Iterative, incremental.
- Accepting that failure is more than an option but inevitable.
- Willingness to adapt to change.
- Fostering Collaboration
- Cross Functional Teams
4. Creating a Learning Organization
Peter Senge is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Sustainability at the MIT Sloan School of Management and coined the term ‘learning organization’ in his book ‘The Fifth Discipline:’
These are the characteristics of a learning organization according to Peter Senge:
Harvard Business School professor David A. Garvin defines a learning organization as follows:
We can aggregate and condense the concepts and principles into a comparison of the traditional management style and agile leadership: