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How Much Autonomy Should Teams Get From Their Agile Leader?

The agile movement really has changed the way we lead our people. Giving them more freedom and autonomy to do their job often improves the quality, productivity and happiness of the people. Because knowledge workers (or highly educated people) don’t need a boss to tell them what to do, they only need a healthy context or environment in which they can do their job.

Over the past decade I’ve been an agile leader myself and I’ve coached a lot of other agile leaders. One very big pitfall of the agile movement is around the autonomy. The pitfall is to just give a lot of freedom. This sometimes works, but even so often results in chaos and demotivated teams. Why? And how to overcome? Lets have a closer look, but first I have to introduce the reason behind autonomy and that is: Ownership.

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