Organizations are shifting from top-down hierarchies to autonomous and loosely connected agile teams. Although these teams act mostly self-organized, the responsibility for their outcomes usually falls into the hands of one person.
The most prominent example is the role of a Product Manager/Product Owner. To lead highly skilled domain experts as a generalist, one has to master the art of influencing others without formal authority. That‘s what’s called lateral leadership.
This masterclass will help you master the challenges of being a lateral leader. It will guide you through strategic alignment with your organization, process alignment within your team, and proper alignment with other team members.
By also recognizing empathy and escalation as helpful tools, you’ll be able to maintain and strengthen your leadership role.
This masterclass is not a dissection of theoretical leadership principles or psychological frameworks you get taught in traditional ‘leadership trainings.’ Instead, I will share first perspective stories from my eight years of experience in product management and provide hands-on advice for your daily work with agile teams.
Professionals who are tasked with leading self-organized and cross-functional teams without hierarchical power. This mostly applies to Product Managers due to the nature of their job description and the origins of agile methodologies in software development.
However, due to the spread of agile team constellations outside of the IT context, lateral leadership is also applicable to, e.g., UX Designers, Marketing Managers, and ’Heads of’ or VPs.
February 10th 2019 in Berlin, Germany