Leadership & Culture Transformation

“When you succeed as a leader… the team says WE did it!”

Overview

Leadership and Cultural Transformation reflects the need to integrate Agile principles at the leadership level to allow for the full realization of a highly collaborative and high performing culture. Leadership shifts from a top-down, directive style to creating an environment to support empowered teams and allowing the people closest to the work to make decisions in alignment with the leadership direction. Leaders focus their efforts on vision, strategy, growing people and removing organizational impediments.

This pillar includes Servant Leadership, Leading Agile Teams, Tactical to Strategic Leadership and Adaptive Leadership.

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Problems We Are Solving

  • Lack of empowerment, low engagement and morale
  • Leaders use command and control to lead
  • Tactical focus, no strategic foresight
  • Rigid, top-down organization cannot adapt quickly to a changing environment
  • Culture driven by fear of failure and avoiding mistakes

Desired Outcomes

  • Leaders build healthy high-performing, empowered and autonomous teams, measured by team morale and self-organization
  • Leaders provide clear vision and guidance to teams and lead through times of uncertainty, measured by clarity of vision and delivery of business value
  • Leaders are more strategically focused, less tactical, measured by faster obstacle removal and process improvement

Leadership Agility

Leadership Agility is leading people by setting a shared vision, empowering them and serving them by removing obstacles from their way and helping them grow. This modern leadership style enables and unlocks the power of autonomous individuals and teams. Learn More

Manager Transition

Leaders create and sustain high performing Agile teams through building, supporting and protecting teams, applying Agile methods and processes, assessing team maturity, supporting continuous growth, identifying trends and opportunities for improvement at the system level and applying effective soft skills, such as facilitation and conflict resolution techniques. In each of these areas, leaders mentor and coach others to grow leaders throughout the organization. Learn More

Culture of Agility

In an Agile organization, leaders focus on strategy over tactical concerns. Many leaders and managers are focused on day to day task management and fire fighting. Future Agile leaders are focused on growing people, removing obstacles, leading strategic initiatives and guiding communities of practices. Learn More

Radars

Agile Leadership Radar

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Servant Leadership Radar

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Restrainers

  • Top level sponsorship lacking
  • Command & control leaders
  • Incentives are not aligned to value delivery
  • Too many independent decision tracks / lack of collaboration amongst management
  • Executives & managers do not know how to manage Agile Teams

Change Management Solutions

  • Adaptive leadership series
  • Enterprise incentives
  • Top level executive example, championship, ownership & engagement
  • Individual leadership coaching & mentor programs

Resources

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Sally Elatta – Culture Wall Walkthrough

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Executive Leadership

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Locating Yourself – A Key to Conscious Leadership

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Greatness (Intent Based Leadership)
by David Marquet

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Adaptive Leadership Journey

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Leadership & Cultural Transformation

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Transformative Leadership: The Role of Executives and Leaders

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Social Change: Leveraging your inner Agilist

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Leadership’s Role During Agile Transformations

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