Leadership agility has several definitions and models. In modern days, the model of one iconic leader style is fading away and every situation will call for a different type of leader. The agility of the team is growing in importance. Thus, leadership agility is built upon a nimble team that is able to pivot in a new direction as the environment demands.
Nowadays, teams are quickly assembled and then just as quickly dispersed. They have to quickly connect with the project leader, be fully empowered to make decisions, and do the work. Inflexible leaders can slow down progress significantly if agility is not developed. Here are three ways to build nimble teams:
Each team member’s level of self-awareness helps understand other personality styles. When disagreements arise, this makes it easier to resolve opposing thoughts before anything escalates. Self-development tools, such as DISC, give team members insight into themselves and how they can be more effective. This makes coaching them easier when needed.
DISC Quick Tips for Leadership Self-Awareness:
Giving team members more autonomy requires trust from the leader. Knowing each employee has personal awareness of their strengths and weaknesses gives the leader more comfort in handing off responsibilities. Conversations about individual performance can be rooted in the person’s DISC profile.
DISC Quick Tips for Leadership Empowerment:
PeopleKeys’ assessment tools, such as 4D and DISC, provide ways to identify someone’s “mindset.” Knowing your dominant style mindset facilitates a quicker shift to a new mindset that better fits the situation at-hand. Know what your baseline style is and identify strategies to get comfortable temporarily shifting to another one.
DISC Quick Tips for mindset shifting:
In this rapidly moving world, those who adapt to changes in a moment’s notice will have the upper-hand. True leadership agility is created through the interaction of team members addressing change. Any one of them may lead at a certain point even if they aren’t “in charge.” Assessments such as DISC Personality Profile, 4D DISC, TEAMS, Values, and Behavioral Attitudes Report, and the Group Dynamics Report provide insights which will enhance team performance and bring agile leadership into place.
Written by: Michael Dattilio
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