In today’s highly competitive business landscape, traditional organizations are likely to fall behind because they are slow to respond to change and don’t empower their talent pool to share in decision-making. Agile leaders recognize the power of promoting flexibility and adaptability in the workplace, which leads to higher employee engagement, more autonomy, increased responsiveness, better communication, and collaboration. Here are 7 abilities of agile leaders that produce results.
1. Focused on team intelligence
Promoting team intelligence leads to team unity which results in optimal performance. Know your team’s weaknesses so you can address them by developing and implementing programs to overcome them. Team intelligence can be managed by reinforcing the alignment of a common goal at the team level. Cultivate a culture of transparency, which creates a psychologically safe and supportive atmosphere for employees. Focus on improving employee engagement.
Agile leaders honor their commitments and maintain openness and honesty with their teams to avoid gossip and the spread of misinformation. They may make it a point to communicate information that supports collaboration and decision-making. Transparent leaders and teams are more accountable, helping people work together better as there are fewer miscommunications and conflicts. When all the facts are present for everyone to see, teams trust one another more and are more willing to share information.
Accountable leaders take responsibility for not only their actions and decisions but for their teams – both good and bad. They own their mistakes so that they can share them with their team as a learning experience.
4. Promotes inclusion in the workplace
Workplace inclusion means encouraging employees to celebrate their unique qualities and support one another’s values. When people feel included, whether in their community or work, they feel their worth is recognized and respected. Inclusive workplaces may make employees feel valued, welcomed, and safe, which leads to more positive engagement.
In agile leadership, everyone is encouraged to think of themselves as entrepreneurs within the organization – motivating them to be proactive and take initiative to express their ideas and participate in decision-making.
Future-focused leadership inspires employees to challenge the status quo, motivating their people to unlearn methods that no longer work and keep up-to-date with developments and the evolution of their industry. By focusing on the future, teams are more equipped to recognize trends and respond to disruption.
7. Enables on-demand and continuous learning
Agile leaders create opportunities for their people to develop through individual and peer learning. Employees can update their skills, keeping them engaged and productive. Ways to incorporate continuous learning in the workplace may include developing a knowledge base where resources are accessible anytime. Set up a program that allows employees to sign up for one-on-one coaching or training sessions that they can take during their lunch break or off-hours.
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