If you are involved in helping your organization to incorporate Agile, DevOps or any type of Digital Transformation it will become very clear that “Leadership” will have a powerful impact on the success of your effort.
Transformational Leadership is a model in which leaders inspire and motivate followers to achieve greater performance by appealing to their values and sense of purpose. This helps to facilitate wide scale organizational change. That type of wide scale change is required.
Required Dimensions for every Transformational Leader that will promote positive results include:
Vision – Leaders must understand the organizational and team direction and shape them accordingly. People will follow an individual who inspires them, a person with vision and passion can achieve great things. Leaders need to inspire followers to motivate the results they wish to see.
Personal Recognition – Includes but is not exclusive to recognizing and commending the team for better than average work. Personally, complimenting individuals for outstanding work can go a long way to inspire a sense of pride and positive attitude. Attitude is everything.
Supportive Leadership – Overall supportive leadership infers that leaders consistently consider others personal feelings before acting. A real sense of caring about individuals and their interest will be recognized. The opposite will also be recognized if it does not exist. Caring must be evident.
Intellectual Stimulation - Transformations by their very nature should challenge the teams status quo. Leaders will need to ask new questions and challenge teams on basic assumptions about the work being performed.
Inspirational Communication –Inspiration and passion demonstrated via leadership will propagate to the team. Inspiration motivates. This form of communication inspires pride and shows that leaders need to say positive things about the team. Inspiration encourages and allows followers to see that change brings about opportunities. Motivation results in action.
Leadership is not just for the executives in the corner office. One of the most powerful things we can do in this lifetime is to grow our personal leadership skills. As John Maxwell says, leadership is influence. Influence is the power to change, or the power to affect someone or something.
A DevOps Leader is a tactical or strategic individual who helps design, influence, implement or motivate the cultural transformation proven to be a critical success factor in DevOps adoption. This individual understands the human dynamics of cultural change and is equipped with practices, methods and tools to engage people across the DevOps spectrum.
Transformational Leadership is essential for establishing and supporting generative and high trust cultural norms. Great leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-assessment, self-study, education, training and experience.