How the Agile Leader self-assessment is designed
This self-assessment is designed to provide an effective but brief overview of behaviors related with agile leadership.
The questions in the three dimensions are derived essentially from the following bodies of knowledge:
Servant-Leader: servant-leadership, transformational leadership
Value Creator: Lean, systems thinking, customer experience
Intrapreneur: Lean Startup, The Startup Way (Eric Ries)
Each dimension is further divided in three themes in order to provide a more actionable scoring.
This self-assessment is targeted at leaders that are currently in a traditional organization - typically hierarchical, functional, matrix structure – and who are either interested or on their way to more agility. Referring to Laloux Culture model, the self-assessment is a tool to help move from orange to green. Indeed this is the most common challenge in medium-large organizations today.
We call “leader” anyone who has a significant influence on others in an organization, without any hierarchical assumption. In traditional organizations, leadership is correlated with hierarchical position but it is neither necessary nor sufficient to be a manager to have leadership.
This self-assessment is behavioral. Questions assess how you behave, not what you know or think you should/could do. Scores must be interpreted with this in mind. For example, a low score in Authenticity might be either the result of you being willingly distant, or the result of the culture discouraging people to expose their true self. The causes of behaviors are often partly coming from you and partly coming from the organization’s culture, processes, or structure.