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Agile leadership is all about creating a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement. But what happens when a leader doesn’t embody these values? When they’re more interested in micromanaging their team and hitting deadlines than creating a sustainable and fulfilling work environment?

If you’re wondering if you might be a shitty Agile leader, here are a few signs to look out for:


1. You’re always micromanaging. You don’t trust your team to do their jobs without your constant supervision. You’re constantly checking in on their progress, giving them feedback, and changing their priorities.


2. You’re more interested in deadlines than quality. You’re so focused on hitting deadlines that you’re willing to sacrifice quality in the process. You push your team to work long hours, even when they’re exhausted. And you’re quick to blame them when things don’t go according to plan.



3. You place low-value collaboration.  You think you know everything, and you’re not interested in hearing feedback from your team. You make decisions without consulting them, and you’re dismissive of their concerns.


4. You don’t create a safe space for innovation. You’re afraid of failure, discouraging your team from taking risks. You’re also quick to criticise their ideas, even when they’re good ones.


5. You don’t invest in your team’s development.  You don’t provide them with the resources and training they need to grow and succeed. You also don’t provide them opportunities to learn and grow.


6. You don’t celebrate successes. You’re so focused on the next task that you don’t take the time to celebrate your team’s accomplishments. You also don’t give them enough credit for their hard work.



7. You discourage a healthy work-life balance.  You expect your team to be available 24/7. You do not respect their personal time, and you’re quick to guilt-trip them into working overtime.


8. You’re not transparent. You neglect to keep your team informed of the company’s goals and plans. You also don’t share important information with them, such as changes to their workload or budget.


9. You’re not accountable. You never take responsibility for your own mistakes. You’re always quick to blame others, and you never apologise.



10. You don’t have a vision. You don’t know where you’re leading your team, and you don’t have a clear vision for the future. You’re just winging it, and you’re hoping for the best.

If you see any of these signs in yourself, it’s time to make a change. Start by talking to your team and asking them for feedback. Then, develop a plan to address the areas where you’re falling short. Remember, Agile leadership is all about creating a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement. If you can do that, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a great Agile leader.


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