Often agile leaders make a common mistake of undermining their team efficiency. Their leadership approach and communication style work against them. Unfortunately, most of the agile leaders are unaware of this fact.
In this article at The Enterprisers Project, Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick explain the significance of creative conversation for agile leaders.
Can Agile leaders Block Team’s Way?
Here is an example to learn about three agile leadership approaches that may not benefit the team:
The first one advocates emotional conversation to convince the teams to deliver within a specified time and budget. The approach lacks curiosity to discover new and innovative ideas to surprise the customers.
The second method keeps track of delivery speed, project progress, hourly estimate, and so on. Gathering too much information or pushing the team too hard leads to a lack of transparency. Instead of focusing on the project quality, the group concentrates on answering your queries.
The approach can improve the data collection but fails to meet the client’s expectations.
The third approach focuses on gathering certifications and expert consultation to become agile. However, such leaders lack transparency and curiosity. Even if the team follows all the essential procedures, they lack the motivation to coordinate. They require creativity, alignment, and commitment, which reflect in their deliverable quality.
The bottom line is, if you focus on just one aspect or principle of agile transformation, the result is unsatisfactory. Nonetheless, if you maintain precision in implementing the agile policies, it reflects on your project and team performances.
Try the following approach to maintain curiosity and transparency alike in your teams:
- Find ways to improve conversation with the team. Look for signs, observe words of your team members in their feedback or suggestions to avoid past mistakes. Analyze the previous discussions to implement a practical plan for the future.
- Seek concerns or questions the team members have. If they do not have any, it means there is a lack of inquiry and curiosity among your team. It also indicates you miss transparency with the team.
- Try revising your leadership approach and practice role play to improve clarity and interest in future conversations.
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