Agile Leadership

This category contains topics associated with Agile Leadership.  Agile Leadership requires a very different approach from a traditional management role and requires some new skills for many managers.  Some particular topics that are important to understand include:

  • Servant Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Adaptive and Situational Leadership
  • Managing Team Conflict

It is important for any manager who is used to managing in a traditional plan-driven environment to develop a new Agile Leadership approach for effectively managing in an Agile environment.

They’re are lots of stereotypes and myths in this area – here are a few of them:

  • Project Managers only know how to do a “command-and-control” style of management
  • Agile requires a “servant leadership” approach which means that you completely abdicate the leadership role

Those stereotypes generally follow many of the stereotypes that people have about “Agile” and “Waterfall”. They see them as binary and mutually-exclusive choices with nothing in the middle of those extremes.  Instead of force-fitting a project to one of those extremes, the right approach is to go in the other direction and fit the methodology to the nature of the problem. Sometimes that requires a blend of the two approaches and a different leadership style.

What Is Servant Leadership and How Does It Relate to Agile?

“Servant Leadership” is a commonly-used term in an Agile environment. However, if you asked people what it means, I’m sure you would get a number of different responses. For that reason, I think it is worthwhile to discuss “What Is Servant Leadership?” What Is Servant Leadership? “Servant leadership” sounds like a manager who does nothing …

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What is Emotional Intelligence and Why Is It Important?

I recently created a significant training module on Agile Leadership. One of the key topics in that module is “Emotional Intelligence”.  I’m sure some people are wondering “What is emotional intelligence and why is it important?”  I’d like to summarize some of that here. What Is Emotional Intelligence? First, here’s a definition of “emotional intelligence”: …

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What’s Really Different About Agile Leadership?

I just finished developing some online training on Agile Leadership and What’s Really Different About Agile Leadership? This article is a brief excerpt of that training. Leadership Stereotypes They’re are lots of stereotypes and myths in this area – here are a few of them: Project Managers only know how to do a “command-and-control” style …

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Emotional Intelligence in Agile – Why Is Emotional Intelligence Important?

The role of emotional intelligence in Agile is important to understand. It is a skill that is very difficult to master for many people. What is Emotional Intelligence? HelpGuide.org defines “emotional intelligence as follows: “Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, …

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