20 qualities of an Agile leader

Interesting Post which talks about the qualities that differentiate good leaders.

"Teams of all natures – agile software development or otherwise – need inspirational leadership to perform their best.That leadership may, or may not, come from the organisation’s appointed leaders. But all teams need it, nevertheless."

  1. Strong communication – storytelling and listening
  2. Passion for learning and intense curiosity
  3. Focus on developing people
  4. Having fun and very energized
  5. Strong self-belief, coupled with humanity and humility
  6. Committed to making a significant difference
  7. Clarity of vision and ability to share it with others
  8. Dogged determination and often relentlessness
  9. Strong focus on priorities
  10. Not afraid to show some vulnerability
  11. Regular use of reflective periods to think and learn
  12. Real passion and pride in what they do
  13. Confidence and trust in their teams, giving them real empowerment
  14. Respect for all (team members, temps, customers, suppliers and directors alike)
  15. Clear standards of ethics and integrity; openness and honesty
  16. Ability to drive, inspire and embrace change and continuous improvement
  17. Positive attitude at all times and an innate ability to be diplomatic in any circumstances
  18. Lateral thinking and ability to find innovative ideas and solutions to problems
  19. Ability to inspire and motivate others
  20. Willingness to take (calculated) risks


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