In many organizations, employees do specific and creative work that requires collaboration. This is different from forty years ago, when work was often repetitive, predictable and individual. It is up to you as a leader to align your agile leadership and get your people, teams or department on board.
As an agile leader, you are responsible for the continuous improvement of the company culture and working environment of self-managing teams. So your teams can optimally focus on providing high quality, deliver value to the customers, work together, take ownership and learn fast.
With a new mindset and the right tools, this type of leadership is within reach. Discover what ‘agile leadership’ is, on which aspects an agile leader acts, and how to get your team and leaders on board. And get inspired by real-life examples.
Essence of Agile Leadership
What is the essence of Agile Leadership? As a leader you create the right environment for the self-managing teams to thrive. But how?
- Customer Focus - co-create an inspiring direction that is focused on the customer.
- Team ownership - facilitate that the teams take ownership.
- Learn faster - create a safe environment to learn, fail and improve.
- Healthy habits - design, build and improve a healthy culture.
- My purpose and values - have a strong personal purpose and value system.
1. Customer Focus
Customers expect more and more service from companies. They can easily switch providers online. Through social media, customers also have more influence on the image of companies. It is therefore essential for an agile leader to optimally attune his teams to the customers and the customer journeys. Find out how to facilitate this and how a Key Value Indicator helps.
2. Team Ownership
When your team takes ownership, it means that team members are proactive, proud, initiating and engaged. They don’t wait for assignments from you, but they take the initiative themselves. It’s the leader’s responsibility that teams take ownership. The challenge for an agile leader: finding the balance between micromanagement and total freedom. Read how an ownership model supports this.
3. Learn Faster & Agility
Today’s product or service doesn’t fit tomorrow’s challenge. But it’s hard to plan for the unknown. That is why your organization needs to offer flexible and agile solutions. This is only possible with employees with various skills in specialized teams that work closely together. Read how to get started with the agility of your team, and how to measure progress with a Time-2-Learn metric.
4. Healthy Culture & Habits
The job of an agile leader is to envision, shape and continuously improve the optimal company culture. You can achieve this by consistently setting a good example through your agile leadership skills. And by discussing which habits get in the way of the new company culture during team sessions. Get more insights and discover how the practical Habit Matrix tool can support you.
Creating the right contextThe agile leader is responsible for creating the right context for the self-managing teams. So these teams can grow, deliver more value to the user, take ownership and basically thrive. To be successful in this new role, the agile leader needs a new mindset, new tools and steer on different things. The agile leadership toolkit is a practical way for the agile leader to start! This book is all about four components and 8 tools.
The toolkitThe steering wheel of the agile leader consists of four components. Each component consists of two practical tools. So in total eight tools. The tools are explained in such a way that leaders can immediately start working on this. The tools can be used separately and as such successful. Of course, all tools together – the toolkit – reinforce each other. It concerns the following eight tools:
- KVI – the Key Value Indicator (KVI) is the most important indicator for value creation for the team.
- Impact ladder – for brainstorming and visualizing the customer impact. This helps teams continuously improve their products and services.
- Ownership model – visualizes what teams need to take ownership.
- Freedom matrix – what freedoms and responsibilities does the team have at what time.
- T2L – to measure the business agility.
- Validated Learning Board (VLB) – to visually keep track of the learning process of the team.
- Habit matrix – to support culture change and the design of new habits.
- TO-GRIP – to support the agile leader in implementing major improvements.
Agile Leadership 360
This (temporarily) free questionnaire is based on the book Agile Leadership Toolkit with tangible and practical tools and tips to help the agile leaders.
It focuses on:
- Customer focus
- Team Ownership
- Learn faster
It takes roughly 8 minutes to fill it in and consists of 26 questions. After that you can ask reviewers to give their view on these 4 dimensions.