Biology of Powerful Powerless Leader

Agile Leadership has its unique flavour of natural leadership, when power is not given with a title but taken by a person based on his/her inner abilities. We use Servant Leadership or Powerless Leader to emphasise this difference. If we look deeper into the biology and neuroscience of leadership we might find really unexpected things – that Agile leaders are the ones that are recognised by nature and we unconsciously can select these people from the crowd. How to become this type of person?

To be an effective Agile leader we need to understand:

• What makes a leader: Leader-Leader Agile Model

• The difference between a leader and dominant behaviour, why leaders look younger and more active (on hormonal level)

• Hormones and neuroscience of a natural leader (with some cases and practice)

• Leadership differences and similarities of Scrum Master and Product Owner

• Simple (4 words) yet powerful mindset change to become a natural leader that people will follow

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

Process and Mechanics:
0.00 Introduction, the story about David Marquet and intro to intent based leadership
Leader-Leader model as target model for all Agile practitioners, Leader-Leader model and Cynefin link
0.10 Servant Leadership story, Servant Leadership issue: he is not a Servant, He is a Leader
Leader vs Dominant
The Dominant problem (how people become dominants) - living in a mental cage and getting older (hormone level)
0.15The Leader in the dominant environment (these people will start Agile in the company)
Leadership in the wild nature - who people will unconsciously follow
0.20 Components of a leader (Rank Potential, Primativity, Vitality) and their relations to each other
Mapping these components to the brain structures and hormones
0.25 Cases (discussion with the people) about different parameters of leadership components
0.30 The issue with natural leaders - you cant hire them, they will hire you, they are too strong, so Agile divided them according to 2 main leadership capabilities (to SM and PO).
0.35 SM and PO Leadership profiles (should have both capabilities, but different proportions)
0.40 Leader's influence circles as career path for Agile Leaders
0.45 Returning to main point of the talk - maintaining the biological leadership capabilities and not becoming a dominant - the mental attitude: "There is no cage" (meaning there is no cage in reality, don't put it in your head)

Learning Outcome

Learning Outcomes:

• Participants will be able to understand the threat of dominant behaviour, that it is harmful for the people's health and leadership behaviour maintains hormonal youth and activity

• Participants will be able to recognise 3 components of a natural leader and how they are dependent on each other so they can understand and regulate their leadership potential

• Participants will be able to link requirements to SM and PO to the natural leader capabilities and how this influences their everyday behaviour.

• Overall the talk is very hands-on, participants will be able to use all the tips and data immediately.

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Managers, Team Members, HR, Agile Leaders

Prerequisites for Attendees

In general participants should be familiar with Agile and servant leadership in general

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  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  8 months ago
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    Thanks for your proposal Anna. I like some of the ideas you have stitched together. One question: 91 slides in 45 minutes looks a bit on the higher side. To make sure you can cover all the key things without seeming to rush over rest of the slides, would you consider pruning the contents that fits well in the timeslot?