What distinguishes leaders of agile teams?
Leaders in an agile systems need more specific skills than those of
classical organizations. This has to do with the higher dynamic of
processes and procedures.
A leader of agile teams needs
- Precisely this means the ability to enthuse all employees for
the tasks assigned, especially when their realization differs
from the optimal idea of the individual.
- It should be possible to lead without commanding, to act as an
example, to contribute at least temporarily to unpleasant works
and to show the employees that one is ‘living’ for them and the
- intuitive understanding.
- A leader has to meet all needs of the employees and to use them
according to their skills as well as individual capacity.
- social skills.
- All persons of the department should not be treated equally, but
Leaders of an agile oragnizations have
- professional competence
- Contrary to classical variations agile organizations require a
high level of professional competence, because they are normally
structured with flatter hierarchies.
- practical know-how
- Ideally the leader is able to carry out all tasks of the
department by himself. This way the employees are aware that
their leader really understands their work.
- Leaders are responsible for the creation of visions. This
requires that leaders not only understand complex structures,
but are also able to form them.
Leaders of agile organizations have
- structural understanding
- They are able to understand and to structure complex
- business know-how
- Technical objectives are pursued taking personnel and budgetary
resources into consideration.
- ability to delegate
- Tasks are delegated to the employees. In doing so, it is ensured
that the context is clear to everybody and that the person
carrying out the task recognizes the own contribution.
- cognitive intelligence
- They have the ability to quickly understand new connections, to
develop respective solutions and to explain them.
- Ongoing adaptation is a constant factor. Their actions are
directed to allow changes within their environment and to easily
- adaptive communication skills
- They take care that their language is adjusted to their opposite
(colleague, client, superior). In this connection it is
necessary to describe complex processes in an abstract way
without giving the feeling that everything is easy to manage.
- thirst for knowledge
- They constantly do further training, both technically and