Servant leadership makes a comeback, and not just in Agile.
There’s a never-ending quest to find the right leadership model for projects. Many organizations, so they say, have long-abandoned the old command and control model searching for more collaborative approaches. Coming on strong is servant leadership, a term coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970. Both a philosophy and a set of leadership practices, servant leaders place the needs of their teams above their own by sharing power and serving others. Scrum masters in the Agile world are encouraged, if not admonished, to adopt this approach and “serve” their teams rather than “manage” them. In fact, in the Scrum approach, there is no “project manager.” However, servant leadership seems to be working its way into more traditional projects. It’ll be interesting to see if the team is also willing to “share” the blame when things go awry.
ESI International’s top 10 trends in project management highlight the need for leadership within projects, whether agile or Waterfall. They also discuss the challenges associated with finding qualified PMs, and finding the right balance of PM approaches in this evolving industry. ESI International’s top 10 trends in project management were identified by a global panel of ESI senior executives and subject matter experts.