Agile leadership i is the ability of a leader to be able to lead well in a wide range of circumstances especially new, changing and ambiguous situations. In situational leadership theory, styles of leadership refer to behaviours that a leader should engage within different situations. Agile leader

  • Operates effectively amid uncertainty, complexity and rapid change
  • is knowledgeable about Agile values, approaches and practices
  • Aligns and empowers team toward delivering more customer value
  • Personally integrates feedback and experiments, and adapts their ways
  • Catalizes change in others and facilitates organisational change

The proposed talks explain the behaviour, leadership styles and actions of Agile leaders. They have to be great at the following areas, to play their role effectively in 21st century.

Agile Leaders

#1 -  Incubate the Transformational leadership

# 2 - Develop the Transformational Leadership

# 3 - Expand as a leader from Expert-Achiever-Catalyst

#4 - Develop people

# 5 - Lead the change

# 6 - Set the  goal and minimise the work requirements

# 7 - Unlock the best potential

The talk is purely is based on learning and observations as part of my coaching, training experience and leadership style required in 21st century.


Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

  • Quick introduction of Agile leadership  for 21st century - Duration 3-5 minutes
  • What and How agile leaders are good at
    1. How do they " Incubate Transformational Leadership" through understanding the culture first  before changing the culture.[Ref Agile from top down :Executives and leadership living agile by John Stahl. - Duration 3-5 minutes
    2. Create deep alignment between leadership's team personal vision to organisational compelling shared vision as a way of developing transformational leadership . See Temenos retreat@siraju - Duration 5 minutes
    3. What is a required to be done to expand as a leader from Expert-Achiever-Catalyst - Duration 3-5 minutes
    4. What agile leaders should be focussing when it comes to developing people and their capabilities - Duration 3-5 minutes
    5. Understand the power of self organisation, set the goal and minimise as much as possible work requirements, micro managing and too much focus on operational work.- Duration 3-5 minutes
    6. Agile leaders understand the role the compensation plays in motivation people, especially knowledge workers and provide the safe environment of mutual influence - Duration 3-5 minutes
    7. Q & A - Duration 3-5 minutes

Learning Outcome

  • Understanding on Transformational Leadership than general leadership
  • Awareness of understanding the self before changing the organisation
  • Agile leaders evolution from expert-achiever-catalyst
  • How much little role the compensation plays for the motivation of knowledge workers and what is required to bring best among the team members
  • What is required for leading the change

Target Audience

Scrum masters, Product Owners, middle managers, senior managers and executives , Program Management, Product management, portfolio management and change agents

schedule Submitted 3 years ago

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  • Anand Murthy Raj
    By Anand Murthy Raj  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Niranjan,

    Thanks for the proposal and a very relevant topic.

    Looking at the bullets, it looks like these are all important, but they are in most of the videos and blogs. A great value add would be if you can share a story for every bullet and realte them to the topic.  I also see you have allocated only 3-5 mins for every bullet.

    Do you think it makes sense to show all the bullets, but share some real time stories for the top 3 bullets. We generally remember the stories for a longer duration of time and apply them when we need them vs just some guidelines which we tend to forget real fast. 



    • Niranjan N V
      By Niranjan N V  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi Anand,

      Thanks for the comments. 

      As you said , I will be spending more time approx 6-7 minutes on first three bullets with reference to some real life examples and want to spend less time on other bullets 


      Incubate Transformational leadership - IDEO company creating of innovative products in 5 days time without defined process and the leaders role. 

      Developing Transformational Leaders - My experience of facilitation of Personal Vision labs using Temenos transformation model at Boston. 

      Expert-achiever-Catalyst Leaders - example for discovering agile culture through multiple iterations.

      Rest of 3-4 the bullets can be covered with less time for the previous ones.

      Please refer the slides attached. I am speaking on this topic on Nov 6 in Agile Tour, Chennai.



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