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Dec 10, 2021

This week, Dan Neumann is joined by Ola Tunde to talk about Agile Leadership; this is certainly a recurrent topic, but a needed one, since it is easy not to really have leadership in place as part of an Agile Journey or even some organizations’ leaders don’t really know how to contribute.


In this episode, Ola and Dan share the differences between a manager and a leader, and the features that define a great leader, as the necessary piece for an organization to really thrive.


Key Takeaways

  • Managers are not necessarily leaders.
    • A leader draws people, a manager forces them.
  • Agility is a better way of doing what you have been already been doing.
    • A good leader is the picture of Agility within the organization that the people can follow. A leader must model the behavior wanted in the organization, exhibiting principles and values that others should follow, too.
    • A Leader is the one who knows, goes, and shows the way.
    • Without a great leader, an organization can not thrive.
  • A leader must always pay attention to the human factor.
    • It is the responsibility of a leader to attract, retain, and even develop new talent that will fulfill the organization’s vision.
    • Not everyone would be the right fit for an organization.
    • Leaders who are emotional and who are not fully devoted to the people they are serving will cause the organization nothing but commotion.
    • Sometimes a leader must be ready to adjust the ways to maintain the vision when it is needed.
    • People are not resources.
  • The three things leaders focus on:
    • Setting direction.
    • Inspiring commitment.
    • Building capacity.


Mentioned in this Episode:

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You, by John C. Maxwell

Agile Marketing: From Waterfall to Water Flow, by Konstantinos Giamalis 


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