When to Be a Dictator When You Have an Agile Mindset
via DZone Agile Zone by Thomas Jardinet
I don’t know if this happens to you, but I regularly receive criticism of my management style and approach with my colleagues. Lack of conviction, not stern enough, and not decisive are just a few of the things I’ve been accused of throughout my career. I feel as though I have plenty of conviction, but then why am I being criticized?
The Democratic Management Style
I practice what I call a Democratic Management Style. This is something very compatible with the Agile manifesto, which promotes interaction and collaboration. For me, it is necessary to hear everyone’s thoughts, to exchange opinions, and to debate each side of the decision before I can obtain an informed and successful reflection. Everyone has their own experiences, their sensitivities, their own biases, and their history; therefore, it is impossible to ensure that everyone can agree on what the "right decision" is. It requires listening, asking, and being heard. So yes, if you are a fan of authoritarian regimes, you will hate this style of management and will consider people like me as weak and unconvinced. Is this not the reflection that dictators make towards the presidents of the so-called democratic countries? You understand my aversion to such remarks.