Developing the Role of Agile Leaders


Agile leadership is one of the biggest contributing factors that can make or break an Agile transformation. The skills required to be an impactful Agile leader can be difficult to measure without a tool such as the Agile Leader Radar within the AgilityHealth® measurement and continuous growth platform.

Whether an executive, middle manager, or team lead, Leaders must understand their power to influence and shape the future for their organization. Let’s take a look at the four dimensions measured as part of the Agile Leader Radar and review why the underlying competencies are critical. Though these are the skills measured by the out-of-the-box radar – as always – adaptability is key, and your organization is free to customize the radar to fit your needs.

1. Vision & Strategy

Agile leaders are expected to be visionaries and strategic thinkers. While they leave the tactical execution to their teams, they need to be able to think outside of the proverbial box and articulate their vision and strategy to their teams. In communicating the vision, the Agile leader describes business outcomes and measures for success, so that all those who will work toward a solution will understand the ultimate outcomes sought.

Creating and communicating this shared vision will allow the group to clearly understand what is expected, and have some flexibility in creating a solution and pivoting when necessary to meet the desired outcomes.

2. Leading Execution

An Agile leader executes using the Agile principles and mindset, using the techniques that are second nature to agilists. The Agile leader recognizes the benefits of the diversity of skill sets and collaboration that occurs from cross-functional teams. The leader helps provide guidance and answers to ensure there is clear prioritization and agreement of when work is done with clear acceptance criteria. The leader also provides an environment that fosters both focus and transparent engagement.

3. Value Delivered

As an Agile leader, the value provided is that of empowering and inspiring a team to deliver to and delight the customers. We’ve heard the proverbial wisdom, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” The leader does not do the fishing, but provides the guidance to help the team not only catch the fish, but to discover new innovative approaches to catch, deliver and prepare the fish.

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By focusing on the customer and the customer’s overall satisfaction, removing obstacles, building strong teams and developing people, the Agile leader will ensure that the organization as a whole is delivering value.

4. Leadership Behaviors

The Agile leader ultimately exemplifies strong leadership skills by walking the talk. A strong Agile leader models the culture that is promoted, enables autonomy, actively seeks feedback, and is adaptive to the needs of the people and the organization. An Agile leader provides an environment that encourages transparency and allows the psychological safety for people to speak up about how they truly feel. The Agile leader listens and can be counted on to act in the manner that provides trust and respect throughout the organization.
By Yvette Francino, Agile Coach and Trainer


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There is a new modern way of working that challenges the traditional management methods of the past. The new way involves:

  • Giving customers a seat at the table in everything we do.
  • Delivering value iteratively and being open to experimenting with new ideas.
  • Aligning teams around outcomes at every level of the organization and planning in smaller increments.
  • Building cross-functional empowered teams that can deliver end to end value.
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  • Executives, senior leaders, directors  from business or technology areas

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  • Team Structure and Value Streams
  • Healthy vs Unhealthy Leadership
  • Role of Executives and Leaders
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  • Action Planning and Making an Impact

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