The corporate world has never been this competitive. All strategies work for only a short period. The most effective strategies keep changing. What works today may no longer be effective after a few weeks. So it has now become necessary for leaders to be agile.
Here are important tips on how to be agile.
Work on your thinking
Being agile has to do with how you think. After all, all actions are based on thoughts. The thinking of every leader or manager can be broken down into the following for segments:
- Analytical thinking
- Practical thinking
- Relational thinking
- Experimental thinking
While every leader has the potentials for all the four thinking styles, one style dominates usually the others in every leader. In some leaders, analytical thinking style dominates. In some, it is the practical thinking style. In some, it is the experimental thinking style while some are relational thinkers.
To know which category you belong, here are the characteristics attached to each thinking style. Analytical thinkers are not only logical in their reasoning, they are also numbers-driven. They are likely to disagree with whatever does not follow a logical order.
Practical thinkers are super organized and they are task-driven. They believe in doing things the way it should be done. They are the get-it-right kind of people. Such people can reject a three-page report because of one single inconsequential spelling error.
Relational thinkers are usually very engaging and expressive while experimental thinkers are always curious and imaginative. They lead change. To become agile you need to have an even mix of all the four thinking style because each of them has situations where they are more useful than others.
Be part of the solution
When there is a problem to be solved, a lot of leaders prefer to give orders and deadline. To be an agile leader, you need to be a part of the solution. Take the time to understand the problem and brainstorm with your team members to come up with the best solution. This will help you sharpen your problem-solving skills. You don’t over depend on your team.
Ignore the hierarchy
You should be available and accessible to all your employees and don’t lay emphasis too much on hierarchy. Give everyone a chance to come up with innovative ideas. Giving even the lowest cadre of your employees’ access to your office will not only motivate them, it will also reduce the cases of managers taking credits for their subordinate’s ideas.
You will not be too willing to share your idea if you know that your manager will present it to the management as his ideas and if it flies, he gets the credit. If you have access to management even if it’s through email, you will be more comfortable sharing your ideas.
Always be ready to embrace change
Humans are naturally wired to resist change consciously or unconsciously. You will motivate your employees better if you are always ready to experiment their ideas to see if it will solve the problem at hand. If you resist change as a subordinate, you won’t be able to embrace it easily even as a leader.
In conclusion, the more open minded you are, the more agile you will become.