In an agile world, traditional leadership approaches do not suffice anymore. Project teams need to organise their work more on their own, not waiting on somebody to tell them what to do. Leaders need to provide guidance on the overall direction, they should provide the framework in which the team can operate and be more servant (“servant leadership style”), helping the people to perform their tasks…
The philosophy highlights in its introduction the belief in the creativity and motivati
on of human beings and the “human leadership” as pivotal in a highly networked and complex world. The manifesto concludes that the task of leadership is serving life and striving for conditions in which people can contribute in the best possible way, in which they can develop themselves and work effectively together.
Everybody is motivated to engage and do something special. We do not need to “command and control” people, they are adult… We just need to “find the right people to do the right job”, they will perform it through intrinsic motivation, they may need guidance regarding the overall direction but find their own way towards an innovative solution. Especially in a context where success depends on flexible work arrangements, innovative solution finding and mutually-beneficial cooperation, less leadership as well as work autonomy is necessary.
People are excited of getting a chance to explore and learn new things. This may result in an increasing effectiveness, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Leadership needs to encourage people to explore, to spend time on new solutions, to allow them to fail and not just find solutions for an incremental improvement of existing processes.
However, in the dynamic world of today with complex challenges of projects and programmes, we need to adopt a different leadership approach.