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From Traditional Management to Agile Leadership

September 8, 2023

This is a Q and A with Professional Scrum Trainer Joanna Plaskonka. In the heart of Poland, where history intertwines with modernity, I've often reflected on the distinctions between traditional management and agile leadership. This topic holds a special place, especially in our rapidly changing times.

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Traditional management, as I perceive it, was moulded for clear-cut problems. They might be intricate, but their nature is simple or evident. It's like following a known trail in the Tatra Mountains; the path is clear, and the journey is predictable. In such landscapes, you require guidance, oversight, and someone seasoned to steer the course. When the road is devoid of uncertainties and risks, traditional management stands as a reliable beacon.

Yet, our world is in flux. With the surge in technology, automation, and AI, many challenges that were once shrouded in mystery are now deciphered by machines. This transition implies that the problems we confront are increasingly veering towards the complex domain. It's akin to experiencing the diverse Polish seasons; a sunny morning can swiftly turn into a snowy afternoon.

Enter agile leadership. It's not merely about managing; it's about pioneering in a realm teeming with ambiguities. Imagine being handed a steaming pierogi with just a fork – not the most apt utensil, is it? Similarly, employing traditional management for multifaceted problems might fall short.

Agile leadership is about harnessing human ingenuity. It's centred on cultivating teams that are autonomous, decisive, and thrive amidst uncertainty. The leader's role in this milieu is transformative. It's not just about supervision. It's about crafting the right ambiance, nurturing the apt culture, and supporting others in their endeavours.



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