“Be a creator of circumstances rather than just a creature of circumstances. BE proactive rather than reactive.”
The importance of being proactive has been well defined and utilized by the agile organization. One of the best examples in agile of being proactive rather than being reactive can be seen by leadership in agility. The agile leadership knows the value of proactive hence taking the proactive approach of decision making rather than being reactive to the situations. Leadership agility brings one of the best outcomes for enterprises. Leadership agility means a combination of important skills which include learning and knowing the best possible way to grow in the continuous and agile world, knowing the best ways to inspire team members and receive the utmost results from them, and converting thoughts and ideas into actions and leading the team and organization towards success.
We know gone are the days where teams will observe the external environment, internal capabilities, customers demand and then develop the strategy with further alignment and implementation with people only once a year. As the world is changing continuously and their demands are rapidly changing an organization must be agile and fulfill the demand at a specific time. Such agile enterprises require agile leadership.
Leadership agility requires being a catalyst than an expert. In general team members look to leaders to solve issues and ideas but in leadership agility leaders are expected to be prepared in advance or even able to avoid the upcoming problems of the future along with giving answers for current ones. They must be able to create favorable conditions for the enterprises to grow and succeed. There are very few leaders who can reach up to the level of leadership agility as it’s hard to work as a catalyst and create a vision around a sustainable future for enterprises.
There are Four Main Dimensions of Leadership Agility
In most cases, the path to reach leadership agility is stopped none other by others but by leaders themselves. To have leadership agility requires the most common thing which is a sense of self-awareness. Most of the time leaders are not aware of their strengths and weaknesses else they are only motivated because of their ideals in leadership which is just a sense of philosophy. To have leadership agility where they can grow the enterprises requires self-awareness as a must thing.
2. Context Setting Agility
The experts as a leader will only see the organization's issues only from the inside way but the catalyst or agile leader will see it from the broader environment. For example, a multinational company CEO being a catalyst will see the issues from broader environment context and customer demand as in affecting the environment so he will change the system from top to bottom and bring policies for the sustainable environment making the organization environment friendly and good for society.
3. Stakeholder Agility
Leadership agility has the skill to identify the stakeholder understand their views from different prospective and even manage them all. But same is not the case; experts consider power is authority. Leadership agility has clarity about stakeholders' vision and ability with a different perspective which can bring people together benefiting the enterprises as well as society.
4. Creative Agility
Leadership agility is aware to see various shades of problems and give a proper judgment on it and also to reflect on their judgment if required. Leadership agility is all that an enterprise needs. They are not stuck to their only role of catalyst but are ready to stitch between requirements. They can leave the role of catalyst and work with expert knowledge wherever required.
There are various examples to prove how leadership agility is different from leadership. Some of the examples in today’s date include Unilever’s CEO Mr. Polman, Pepsico’s CEO Indra Nooyi, etc. The latest example we can provide of leadership agility is Elon Musk who has a future site for the enterprises and takes it to another level of success with every decision they make.
It is not necessary that only the higher top individual can have the ability of leadership agility for the enterprises to grow or take to another level or but every person in the enterprise can contribute with their leadership agility that will make a difference for enterprise at what position they may be. Because leadership agility is about understanding the situation and picking the appropriate style which will see the enterprise's future success and not only the current one. Leadership agility is the key to taking enterprises to the top and settling them there.
“Proactive leaders control their choices, reactive leaders are controlled by choices.”
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