Scrum Masters are true leaders - please elaborate

Last post 08:24 am June 19, 2021
by Tomasz Głowacki
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07:00 am June 15, 2021

Scrum Guide 2020 has added below sentence for Scrum Master accountability.

Scrum Masters are true leaders who serve the Scrum Team and the larger organization.

Can someone please elaborate on "true leaders"? Why they are "true leaders"? What was the context behind adding these words? What does this mean?

 

Thanks,

Thota

 

07:27 am June 15, 2021

It means that they realize they are in the service of others. They do not subscribe to the conceit that others ought to serve them. They understand that true leadership is exemplary and inspires others to higher greatness.

07:31 am June 15, 2021

The most critical distinction being that a Scrum Master will actually do it.

07:39 am June 15, 2021

Thanks for the explanation @Ian

11:53 am June 17, 2021

What is the current understanding by Scrum community the scrum master stances? I think it a little bit evolved for years. Going from 10 stances then to 8, 6 stances in PSMII training etc. 

Is manager and leader both SM stances? Or maybe this is different dimension? Does scrum master manage scrum process or lead it?

I ask from formal perspective (PSM2/3 questions that touches the topic)

02:35 pm June 17, 2021

I think it a little bit evolved for years. Going from 10 stances then to 8, 6 stances in PSMII training etc. 

Stances are the elements of a Scrum Master's social vocabulary. You need enough of a vocabulary to navigate human challenges with fluidity.

Is manager and leader both SM stances? Or maybe this is different dimension? 

A vocabulary like this is emergent, and the elements you learn to use are selected according to context. It might be appropriate to leverage 10 stances or 6 or 8 or dozens of them.

Does scrum master manage scrum process or lead it?

You manage what people have in their heads about Scrum, and what it means, and thereby lead its successful implementation.

08:24 am June 19, 2021

thank you!