Why Agile Teams Continually Improve

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With open and unfettered access to the biographies and detailed history of remarkable people it would seem logical to expect an abundance of great leaders in our organisations. You don’t have to be a leadership expert to see that, the contrary is true. Great leaders are rare.

The issue is not a lack of information or examples to follow. Neither is the issue a lack of problems to tackle.

The issue is the environment.

If you were fortunate enough to have Elon Musk or Richard Branson thrust upon your inner circle of work colleagues your leadership prowess would shift rather quickly. Their influence and the expansiveness of their world-view would color yours and push you up the value chain. Snippets of greatness would naturally follow.

This simple insight presents us with a few options:

  1. Accept your workplace as is.
  2. Find a mentor where you are at. There is always someone you can learn from.
  3. Step up, be a mentor. Find ways to help others. If you’re a manager this is the essence of your gig.
  4. Choose your next role with care.

Leonardo Da Vinci was mentored by Andrea del Verrochio. Mozart was mentored by composer Joseph Haydn. Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist of Metallica, was mentored by Joe Satriani, after he was famous. Sir Richard Branson was mentored by Sir Freddie Laker. Bill Gates was mentored by Warren Buffet. Ghandi was mentored by Gopal Krishna Gokhale.

When building and fostering Agile teams the leadership thereof is founded on mentorship and coaching. This sets up the enviroment for people potency, thriving and customer delight. More mentoring = more leaders. In Agile ventures the leader of the team mentors sufficiently to give way to a team of leaders.

To the great people that that mentored me and who created an environment that pushed me, thank you. CI, DA, MW, BM, CD, CL, NF, JN

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