We live in a time of change. Agile leadership and new ways of working have become key phrases in today’s business world. But what does this mean for leadership development?
Firstly, agile leadership is essential for modern businesses. Picture a team capable of making its decisions where they are needed - not via a hierarchical chain. Yes, you heard right: The hierarchy becomes much flatter due to self-organized teams. These self-organized teams distribute responsibility across the whole group. It’s no longer about the leadership of a single individual, but collective responsibility.
However, let’s clear up one misunderstanding right away: Self-organization does not spell the end of leadership. On the contrary, leaders play a critical role here: They create the necessary space in the organization, set the framework conditions for agile collaboration, and assist in communication and conflict resolution. The role of the leader transforms: Moving away from delegating, towards active employee enablement.
This also means that complexity is increasing. Knowledge does not come exclusively from the leader anymore, but from the entire team. Different workplaces and ways of working require trust and psychological safety.
The future leader does not control; they lead with vision and purpose. They do not just delegate tasks, but empower employees to actively shape their work. Leaders become sparring partners and ensure that the system is taken into account.
Change management consulting picks up right here. It helps you identify which changes you want to go along with, what your organization needs, and supports the implementation with appropriate tools and measures. Also, it makes the change sustainable and measurable.