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The Leadership Challenge

During our SAFe Leadership module this past weekend in Minneapolis, we talked about the Leadership Challenge within the agile transformation. We talked about 5 leadership-challengeimportant practices that leaders can exhibit that can contribute to highly successful lean-agile leadership.  These 5 practices were taken from the book The Leadership Challenge, by Kouzes and Posner.  The book describes 5 practices based off of a survey receiving over 2 million responses from industry practitioners on what practices contribute to highly successful leaders. Wait a minute!!  A 2 million sample size of industry practitioners reporting on what they feel contributes to successful leadership?!?!   That’s right, 2 million.  Those are pretty powerful numbers, so the results make complete sense. Here are the 5 practices:

1. Model they way  

  • Lead by example.  Be the example of what lean-agile leadership looks like
  • Do what you say you will do.  Exemplify the engagement that you want to see in your organization

2. Vision

  • Articulate a clear vision that is in sync with the aspirations of those in the organization
  • Communicate this vision over and over again

3. Challenge the process

  • Experiment and take risks with the existing process
  • Search for new opportunities by taking initiative and innovating

4. Empower action

  • Strengthen others by increasing self-determination, leadership abilities and developing competence

5. Encourage the Heart

  • Recognize the contributions of others showing appreciation
  • Celebrate the values and victories and create a spirit of community

As Lean-agile leaders, which one of these five do you think is most neglected and why?

Let me know your thoughts……

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