Servant Leadership

I read an article on Scrum Alliance about why top management hates Agile. The feedback quoted by the author (Sunil Upadhye) are:

•Agile doesn’t save money.
•Agile doesn’t add value.
•Show me real savings, don’t just give me ideas. I want to reduce my cost from 144 million to 121 million within one year — can you do this with Agile?
•Agile is BS.

The root cause of all these issues are lack of a servant leader mindset. As leaders we need to take a step back and see if we are the reasons why something isnt working as it should?

What is servant leadership?

Servant leadership is a very popular leadership model. It was developed by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970. The servant leader serves the people he/she leads, which implies that employees are an end in themselves rather than a means to an organizational purpose or bottom line. Servant leadership is meant to replace command and control models of leadership, to be more focused on the needs of others.

Servant leaders devote themselves to serving the needs of organization members, focus on meeting the needs of those they lead, develop employees to bring out the best in them, coach others and encourage their self expression, facilitate personal growth in all who work with them and listen well to build a sense of community and joint ownership.

Servant leaders are felt to be effective because the needs of followers are so looked after that they reach their full potential, hence perform at their best. A strength of this way of looking at leadership is that it forces us away from self-serving, domineering leadership and makes those in charge think harder about how to respect, value and motivate people reporting to them.

Agile isnt a magic wand that is going to make everything cheaper, faster and better. Agile requires commitment from everyone in the organization to make it highly efficient.

Servant leader