1. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Agile Leadership is not only about driving and promoting change, it is also about being the change.

Being the Change

It is no coincidence that this is the first of our Agile Leadership principles. Wise leaders “pay careful attention to group processes. Such leaders know how to calm anxieties and when to arouse hopes and aspirations. They know how to transform personal needs into societal demands; they know how to liberate human energy and inspire people to positive action.”

For many leaders some of these behaviours or “knowings” do not come naturally. To that end, the Agile Leader is one who engages in their own personal development to further grow these skills. Personal development will of course mean different things to different people, but one thing is common to all these leaders: people cannot be expected to “do or be more” unless the leaders set an example and actively engage to embody the change that they expect to see in their colleagues. Otherwise, colleagues will lose faith and trust in leaders who do not lead by example.

Agile Leaders develop themselves to be humble and empathetic by demonstrating virtues such as compassion, kindness and care for their colleagues. Inspiring leaders work on themselves first before working on others.

Action Step:

1. Things to think about right now are:

  • What are your strengths as a leader not a technician?
  • What would your team say your strengths are?
  • How can use those strengths more in your role as a leader?
  • Do you keep your promises (large and small – like turning up on time, following through on things you’ve said you’d follow up on, being transparent and so on)
  • In a score out of 10 (ten being you absolutely keep your promises) what would your team score you?
  • How emotionally in tune are you with individuals in your team?
  • Do you know much about the personal lives of the people that work for you? Do you regularly show an interest?
  • How often do you work on developing your self and your people skills compared to your technical skills?
  • How emotionally resilient are you (ten being extremely resilient). How does that affect how you lead?

The purpose of these questions is to help you get a brief sense of the importance of the human side of leadership that is pivotal to Agile Leadership success.

2. Read this quick article to learn three quick and easy ways to ‘walk the talk’

This downloadable quick reference guide is for you to keep and refer to regularly. Click on the image below:

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