Agile Transformation

The Leadership Challenge in Agile Transformations

Lean Agile Leadership Challenges

In this article relating to Agile Leadership Challenges we talk about 5 important practices that leaders can exhibit that can elevate them to highly successful lean-agile leaders.  These 5 practices originate from the book The Leadership Challenge, by Kouzes and Posner.

The book describes 5 practices based off of a survey receiving over 2 million responses from industry practitioners on what practices contribute to highly successful leaders.  Two million is a pretty powerful number, so the results make complete sense. Here are the 5 practices:

  1. Model the way
    • Lead by example.  Be the example of what lean-agile leadership looks like. Be the change you want to see.
    • Do what you say you will do.  Exemplify the engagement that you want to see in your organisation
  2. Vision
    • Articulate a clear vision that is in sync with the aspirations of those in the organisation
    • Communicate this vision over and over again, reinforcing it every time
  3. Challenge the status quo
    • Experiment and take risks with the existing process
    • Search for new opportunities by taking initiative and innovating
  4. Empower action
    • Strengthen others by increasing self-determination, leadership abilities and developing competence
  5. Encourage the heart
    • Recognize the contributions of others showing appreciation
    • Celebrate the values and victories and create a spirit of community
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