KB 28 Transforming Leadership & Agile

a human resource newsletter KNOWLEDGEBEANS

issue no 28 | November 2010

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Businesses and business managers have had to take a hard look at what they considered best business practices in the past decade. For e.g. Is it essential to always follow processes, pre defined codes for optimum outcome? Or will gut level decisions and implementations as per the ground situation become more of a norm? Is adaptability, flexibility and going by the spirit rather than letter of the word more important for sustenance? When I say a gut level decision I do not mean a random decision based on the whims and fancies of the individual manager but a decision borne out of alignment of individual, team and organizational goals; shared values, principles and ethics. To follow this path a very deep understanding and internalization of the organizations values, principles, goals, and service offerings is essential. Then, the decision taken in the light of the above would be the right one. However, for effective demonstration of this behaviour the eco-systemwould have to support the individual. Organizations have to create a culture of empowerment, individual accountability along with a spirit of team work, embracing change with enthusiasm and seeing it as a window of opportunity rather than with fear and apprehension.

Leaders would play a critical role in shaping this culture. Leaders would have to become facilitators and guides rather than bosses and create an environment of trust wherein one is not scared to take the first step in a new direction. Inertia is our natural state of being. To constantly being challenged to change from one state of being to another (in this case one state of mind to another, one way of functioning to another) in itself is the biggest hurdle to overcome. However deepwithin our hearts we know that only when old boundaries, self imposed limitations are crossed can new horizons be discovered…


Smriti Sharma

IMPORTANCE OF AGILE IN THE NEW ERA Smriti Sharma is a science graduate from University of Delhi and a post graduate in computer applications. She carries with herself almost 8 years of experience in the areas of technical writing, content development, instructional design, and training. She is passionate about people and training, and seeks opportunities to establish innovative and successful learning environments that best meet the needs of all stakeholders. An instructional designer by profession, she is presently working with BMC Software as an Enablement Manager with the WWESM Technical Enablement team.

All during my formative years, I heard the term “leadership”. It’s only recently that I heard this term “Agile Leadership”. I often wonder if innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Then what distinguishes an “Agile Leader” from a leader? Is it the agile attitude of a leader or his ability to create agile teams? Well, guess both. In today’s corporate world driven by the pursuit of success, one needs to be not only fit but fast too, to be able to survive. Therefore, agile leadership is the need of the hour. Thus, we have this constant need of leaders who can drive teams and projects towards success and also be in sync with the dynamic rapid changes around them.

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