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Agile Leadership is More Than Just A Methodology

The Agile Manifesto’s fifth principle says, “Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need and trust them to get the job done.” Such leadership demands a courageous new approach. One of the essential factors to make an organization-wide impact is having meaningful connections. In this article at TechBeacon, Bob Galen explains some practical ways to establishing a respectful relationship with the team as an Agile leader.

How to Be a Successful Agile Leader

Encourage Authentic Relationships

Seek open and spontaneous conversations with your team members. Spend time with your team members without a pre-fixed agenda and lead Agile retrospectives by opening up about your vulnerabilities. This helps you connect with people and help them see and believe in your vision for the organization.

Empathize with Your Team

“Individuals in Agile teams are susceptible to imposter syndrome in their day-to-day work,” says Galen. But, in reality, many Agile leaders struggle with imposter syndrome, too. This happens especially in Agile transformation contexts when leaders are pushed into areas where they feel less knowledgeable. Empathize with your team members to help them battle their internal imposters.

Favor Long-Term Effectiveness

To witness long-term effectiveness, you must bring your cross-functional teams together. Then turn meetings into a discussion, debate, and collaborative problem-solving session.

Create a Career Plan

Create concrete action items such as training or conference to begin working on. If you understand what drives people, their goals, and their vision, you will be better positioned to find the right work for the right people. Also, follow up on your team members often rather than setting goals once a year.

Provide Positive Feedback

Leaders often fail to express gratefulness or appreciation towards their team members. As an Agile leader, think about what your team members are doing for the organization rather than looking for their weaknesses or what they might not be doing. A bit of appreciation will undoubtedly go a long way in strengthening relationships.

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