In part 1 of our blog on agile corporate restructuring, we first dealt with the topic of agility and self-organization. Part 2 examines in more detail which requirements and tasks arise for managers as a result of the new
Agility means assuming leadership
In the course of agile, self-organized companies, hierarchies are increasingly softened. Leadership does not become
New tasks and requirements for leaders
1. Create structure
Even an agile team cannot work completely without structure. It is necessary to create clear structures and a rough framework. This also includes defining and recording tasks, making budgets available and negotiating them, as well as facilitating timing across organizational teams.
2. Design support
The manager must be a supporter and coordinator who ideally positions the individual teams in terms of age structure, experience
The tasks of the manager also include being there for those employees who tend to reject increased responsibility, freedom and result orientation and, if necessary, to give them clear processes and procedures. For forcing self-organi
3. Define strategy
The “new leaders” are also responsible for an overarching corporate strategy. The goals for teams and individual employees must be defined jointly so that each employee feels that the goals set are his or her own. In
Communicators are needed to ensure that the many different, autonomous units optimally serve the overarching corporate objective and ultimately meet or even exceed customer needs.
Agile leadership means “steering” heterogeneous teams and thus communicating with people from different backgrounds, countries, cultures, generations
Everyday business life & change
In day-to-day business, the new leadership role basically means being a leader. To be interested in people and their interests. This also has a positive effect on the change to an agile company. In addition, the following tasks are part of his activities:
1. The way from the zero tolerance principle to Tiral-and-Error leveling
In old structures, managing change meant above all investment security. For
2. Define goals, vision and strategy as guard rails
The goals, vision
3. Be a signpost and communicator
Existing tasks have to be focused, designed and
Agility thus brings with it a number of requirements for managers. They must be role models, innovators, visionaries, motivators and talent managers. This basically means: As a manager in agile companies, you need a wide range of different leadership styles and competencies. Only in this way is it possible to lead and develop employees according to the situation. There is therefore no one agile leadership style. Rather, a mixture of different styles tailored to the individual needs of the company and the employees is required.