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Can You Become an Agile Manager?

June 27th, 2017

Today’s business world requires those in leadership positions to be able to react and adapt to changes. Managers must be quick yet strategic to respond to everything from industry trends to employees’ needs, and budgetary restrictions. A sure way to become the best manager you can be is to be agile.

What does it take to be agile?

A relatively new set of managerial qualities is getting attention in the office place and that is the ability to be agile during both the ups and downs of daily operations.

Some characteristics of an agile manager are the ability to stay flexible, grow from mistakes, and rise to any (reasonable) challenge. While these qualities may sound quite easy, you become a better agile manager with practice and experience.

How can you be an agile manager?

After understanding some of the characteristics of an agile manager, here are some specific ways you can put into practice the agile management style.

Constant & Instant Feedback

An agile manager needs to provide frequent feedback to their team members. It can be words of encouragement or constructive critiques, but employees, especially Millennials, thrive off of feedback to help them do their best.

Talk About Current Projects & Upcoming Needs

Similar to hearing feedback, employees want to know the status of the projects they’re working on. Open communication is an extremely important practice of an agile manager. Not only do employees appreciate being in-the-know, but it also makes them feel more valued and boosts morale and productivity.

In addition to the status of current projects, when it’s possible, an agile leader lets their employees know about upcoming needs and expectations. Responsible employees thrive off of schedules or plans and this is a way to help them feel prepared for what responsibilities lie ahead.

Know How to Adjust Expectations

An agile manager would understand that sometimes they make mistakes, and it’s prudent to give themselves some feedback. Throughout projects, it might become clear that original expectations or deadlines weren’t feasible, or can’t be met anymore. When this happens, the leader who is agile will be able to adjust expectations, keep morale high, and get good work done.

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Are you interested in learning more about agile management techniques? Contact Concorde Personnel to work with a top staffing agency in Stamford.

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