AGILE LEADERSHIP

Creating agile organisations by transforming leadership behaviour

Agility is a critical skill for leaders to succeed in today’s world. Now more than ever, we need to respond to rapid change with speed and accuracy. We continually need to adapt our ways of working. We need to become more agile.

Agile leaders are connected. They know how to connect with their team, customers, colleagues, and stakeholders. They know how to connect with societal trends that are shaping a new reality around us.

By developing an agile mindset and leadership capability in your organisation, you will create a climate where agile ways of working can flourish

The Cirrus Agile Leadership Framework

Our framework outlines eight characteristics that agile leaders demonstrate. We help leaders develop these to create a climate where agile working is the norm.

 

The eight characteristics of an agile leader

Here is what agile leaders look like in detail.

Five factors of connected leadership
1. Feeling Safe

Leaders have empathy and create an agile culture based on psychological safety, increasing confidence to take risks.

2. Learning agility

Leaders are curious and create learning opportunities for themselves and their teams, instilling a growth mindset to drive improvement and insight.

3. Disruptive thinking

Leaders embrace digital opportunities and look outwards to understand their customers, opportunities and threats. They enable innovation to achieve breakthroughs.

4. Customer vision

Leaders articulate customer wants and needs through storytelling, helping others to understand and re-prioritise outputs to meet these.

5. Ruthless prioritisation

Leaders collaborate with teams to regularly review and select outstanding activities to focus on to achieve the customer vision. Priority is given to the most important,
to deliver with quality and pace.

6. Performance improvement

Leaders coach teams to work well together, set stretching goals, and regularly review how to improve and increase productivity.

7. Devolved decision making

Leaders empower their teams to decide how to achieve their goals, to take responsibility and to make decisions.

8. Collaborative achievement

Leaders create cross functional teams to accelerate processes and performance through short sprint working. They embed a shared purpose and accountability, with regular communication.

The eight characteristics of an agile leader

Here is what agile leaders look like in detail.

1. Feeling safe

Leaders have empathy and create an agile culture based on psychological safety, increasing confidence to take risks.

2. Learning agility

Leaders are curious and create learning opportunities for themselves and their teams, instilling a growth mindset to drive improvement and insight.

3. Disruptive thinking

Leaders embrace digital opportunities and look outwards to understand their customers, opportunities and threats. They enable innovation to achieve breakthroughs.

4. Customer vision

Leaders articulate customer wants and needs through storytelling, helping others to understand and re-prioritise outputs to meet these.

5. Ruthless prioritisation

Leaders collaborate with teams to regularly review and select outstanding activities to focus on to achieve the customer vision. Priority is given to the most important, to deliver with quality and pace.

6. Performance improvement

Leaders coach teams to work well together, set stretching goals, and regularly review how to improve and increase productivity.

7. Devolved decision making

Leaders empower their teams to decide how to achieve their goals, to take responsibility and to make decisions.

8. Collaborative achievement

Leaders create cross-functional teams to accelerate processes and performance through short sprint working. They embed a shared purpose and accountability, with regular communication.

Masterclass
Post-Pandemic Leadership: Facing the future with agility

Discover how to prepare your organisation and leaders to adapt to a new reality of ongoing change

How we can help

We help you become more agile by assessing and developing agile leaders and teams and engaging your organisation.  Working with you, we assess the potential for becoming more agile, at organisation, team and leader level. Then through experiential workshops we co-design a roadmap that outlines your vision and priorities, and a plan for success.

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Develop self awareness by assessing leaders against the eight characteristics

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Change behaviour by helping learners develop positive habits via our app

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Measure team and organisational agility using the Cirrus diagnostic

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Sustain your transformation by driving agile ways of working

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Build a bespoke learning journey by choosing from eight development themes

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 Define and embed agile competencies throughout your people processes

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Choose from a range of delivery options, digital tools and resources 

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Measure business impact and demonstrate effectiveness.

“Cirrus has helped us develop our model of Agile Leadership that will ensure we are leading appropriately for the next decade.” 

Pentland Brands

“Adopting the principles of Agile Leadership has had a lasting impact on Three UK. Everyone is aligned to and excited by our core purpose, increasing the momentum of deliverables.” 

Three UK

Cirrus insights into agile leadership

Check out our latest masterclasses, research and The Agile Leader book by Cirrus CEO Dr Simon Hayward

How to adapt with agility
to the virtual world

Watch the masterclass

8 ways to scale agile leadership across your organisation

Watch the masterclass

Research:
Overcoming the barriers to agility

Read the research paper

The Agile Leader book by
Dr Simon Hayward

How to create an agile business in the digital age

Agile Leadership by Cirrus will help you:

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Develop leaders’ ability to deliver strategy confidently and at pace

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Create a collaborative and agile culture with agile ways of working

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Boost business performance through improved customer focus and innovation

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Enhance employee engagement with leaders inspiring others

Discover more about how we help organisations become more agile

Cirrus in the media

We regularly publish insights into agile leadership. Take a look at some of our recent coverage.

How to be a successful agile leader

The role of L&D in building an agile business

Can remote working help us to become more agile?

D&I is key to post-pandemic agility

Are hierarchies still necessary?

Being agile vs
doing agile

Looking to develop agile leadership across your organisation?

Get in touch! We’d love to speak with you

Europe  +44 207 014 8090

Asia Pacific +61 3 9585 2969

hello@cirrus-connect.com 

 

 

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