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Six acts of brave leadership can empower an agile organization. Learn the do’s and don’ts of agile leadership – including why you might want to give up your corner office – in this brief, straight-shooting article. The authors warn that the changes won’t be easy, but their six-point checklist removes some of the guesswork.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why making the transition to agile requires leaders to relinquish some power, and 
  • What six actions executives can take to “let go” and let their agile companies blaze forward.

About the Authors

Marijke Brunklaus, Lindsay Chim, Deborah Lovich and Benjamin Rehberg are professionals with the Boston Consulting Group.



Agile organizations run on autonomous, aligned teams. Thus, agile leaders are responsible to align the firm around its “what” and “why” – and then, to “let go.” Yet, aligning your firm is often easier than relaxing your grip on its operations. Consider letting go in six ways:

  1. Disband the steering committee – After you align teams with a shared direction and clear parameters, they make autonomous choices. Thus, conventional steering committees are unnecessary and sometimes counterproductive. Avoid submitting teams’ new products or fresh ideas to rigid company processes and lengthy managerial reviews that can sap ...

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