The book's timeliness as the world navigates the COVID-19 crisis is met with many organizations facing major changes. As the author cites, change is beyond an initiative, but spans organizational strategy, communications, conflict resolutions, and culture. He simplifies these often complex topics by outlining practical steps in shifting towards becoming an Agile leader beginning with self-reflection, active listening, and communications; Skills that are fundamental and paramount. His points about acting decisively, especially as it pertains to the more managerial and operational aspects should not undermine the company's core values, mission, and longer term objectives. He makes compelling points in regards to the profound impact on employee engagement and profitability, productivity, recruitment, retention, as cited by a Gallup study.
The statistics and ripple effects he discusses are significant, yet are mostly tied to a management role. The case for taking a much more holistic approach is a great example of the shift to agile leadership looking far beyond merely task-oriented measures. It's a vision he describes as one with a greater sense of purpose, clarity, development, recognition, and leadership. The point about 'courageous dialogue' is notable as it relates to the more challenging issues in managing conflicts - being an active participant in leading change rather than passive and reactive.
The honesty, self-reflection, and acknowledgement of the current state in this approach are the beginnings for a productive, forward-thinking and collaborative culture. There is far too often a feeling that companies should provide these opportunities, however this may underscore internal stakeholders capabilities and potential such as the 'Accidental Leader' in taking the initiative towards the learning, development, and, facilitation of such change. Would be useful for aspiring leaders to noodle on this over a virtual book club lunch discussion. Disruption is an opportunity for those who seek to take on tough problems by stepping up to the challenge, hone in on the concepts Mollar outlines, and contribute to the process of creating change.