Safety – the perquisite for Leadership
This post is from Agile Complexification Inverter by David Koontz. Click here to see the original post in full.
Many coaches suggest that teamwork starts with trust. Simon Sinek would have us believe that there is a perquisite for trust: followers feel safe.
That feeling of safety builds trust, and that trust sets the environment for teamwork.
Do your team members feel safe? If the project succeeds or fails do they still have a job on your team? Answer no to that one simple question and you have your answer to why collaboration and teamwork is a challenge in your organization.
Work toward changing that and you are demonstrating leadership.
Did your software development organization follow the lead of many Agile companies and create a large open space floor plan with rows of cheep tables and expensive chairs? Did this environment create the collaboration that it was intended to? I've been in several companies recently that believe they have an Agile environment - this is far from the truth. Let's look at what they really have and what they desired (or assume would arrive magically).
The desired behavior was the high collaboration that a team room space fosters....read more
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