How To Shift Your Leadership Style? Strategies For Agile Leaders in 2024

Arvind Mehrotra
6 min readMar 13, 2024

In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, it has become crucial for leaders to adapt their styles and strategies 2024, as Gartner predicts, will be the year of wide-scale pause-and-pivot.

In 2024 and beyond, leadership styles must adapt to the evolving landscape. Here are some essential shifts that leaders should consider:

- Psychological Safety: It is crucial to balance fostering psychological safety and managing accountability. Leaders must create an environment where team members feel safe to express ideas, take risks, and learn from failures.

- Accountability: Leaders should emphasise accountability. Clear expectations, transparent communication, and holding individuals responsible for their actions contribute to a healthy work culture.

. Leaders who foster a sense of community enhance collaboration, trust, and employee engagement.

- Rethinking Leadership Development: Traditional career paths are collapsing. Leaders must encourage agility, continuous learning, and skill development. Mentorship, coaching, and personalised growth plans are valuable.

Gone are the days of rigid processes and hierarchical structures — today’s leaders must be elegant, intuitive, and people-centric. While the above skills are required, the change-facilitation will happen if your organisation is supportive. I have discussed this in one of my previous articles titled Whether Managers Need a Fixed Leadership Style at All, and today, I am going to explain how you and you alone can navigate changing leadership needs and expectations from your team.

1. Approach leadership with intent and purpose, not with a process mindset

First, shifting your mindset from a process-oriented approach to one driven by intent and purpose is essential. While processes can provide structure and efficiency, they often limit creativity and hinder adaptability — two crucial traits for agile leaders.

Instead of focusing solely on following established protocols, start by understanding the why behind your actions. What is the purpose behind your decisions? How will they align with your team’s goals and values? By approaching leadership with intent, you can make thoughtful choices that drive meaningful outcomes.

Moreover, as an agile leader, embracing flexibility and openness to change is crucial. Rather than being rigidly attached to a specific process or method, consider different perspectives and ideas. It will enable you to adapt quickly to evolving circumstances while keeping sight of your overarching objectives.

Remember: true agility comes from being adaptable yet focused on purposeful action rather than getting caught up in rigid procedures.

2. Combine analytics with intuition to understand team needs

While data-driven insights can provide valuable information, relying solely on analytics may not give you the complete picture. Intuition is crucial in recognising emotions, motivations, and underlying factors that might not be evident from data alone.

Analytics help leaders identify patterns, trends, and performance metrics within their teams. By analysing these statistics and metrics, you can better understand your team’s strengths and weaknesses. However, it’s important to remember that numbers don’t always tell the whole story. This is where intuition comes into play.

Intuition allows experienced leaders like yourself to tap into their instincts and “muscle memory” when making decisions or interpreting data. It helps them understand the emotional dynamics within their teams and empowers them to make more empathetic choices. Embrace this balanced approach for effective leadership in an ever-evolving workplace environment.

3. Emphasise people connections, both with yourself and among employees

As a leader, building meaningful relationships with and within your team is crucial. Take the time to know them honestly — their strengths, weaknesses, aspirations, and challenges. Data can also play an important role here. By understanding their needs and motivations, you can better support them in reaching their full potential.

Creating connections among employees is equally important. Encourage open communication channels that allow for effective collaboration and idea-sharing. Foster a sense of camaraderie by organising team-building activities or regular check-ins where colleagues can connect beyond work-related tasks. Building these interpersonal relationships contributes to increased trust within the team and makes them more resilient to change, pressures, and the accelerating pace of delivery.

4. Leverage technology to stay connected virtually but respect boundaries

Technology keeps us connected, and agile leaders must embrace this reality. Leveraging technology can help leaders associate with their teams virtually, especially in remote or hybrid work environments. However, it is crucial to respect boundaries when using technology to communicate.

Video conferencing tools like Zoom or Microsoft Teams allow leaders to conduct virtual meetings and maintain face-to-face interactions with their employees. It enables effective communication and creates a culture of responsiveness and accountability while eliminating the need for physical presence.

Project management software such as Asana or Trello can assign tasks, track progress, and keep everyone on the same page. Use tools for alignment and to streamline workflows, enhancing productivity by ensuring all team members work towards common goals. Create online communities where employees can connect beyond formal work-related discussions using social media platforms or leverage communities using Slack or Teams.

At the same time, guidelines define response times outside working hours, and employees should be encouraged to switch off work-related notifications during personal time. Respecting these boundaries will ensure that your changing leadership style is not counterintuitive.

5. Communicate to employees the motivation behind changing leadership styles

Communication is critical when it comes to shifting your leadership style.

It would be best to effectively communicate the motivation behind changing your approach with your employees. By doing so, you can ensure that everyone is on board and understands why this change is necessary, raising and resolving any queries along the way.

Be transparent about the reasons for the shift in leadership style. Let your team know how this change will benefit them individually and individually. Explain how it aligns with company goals or responds to market changes. This way, they can see the bigger picture and feel motivated to adapt alongside you.

6. Learn how to thrive in your new leadership style through research and practice

To succeed in 2024, an agile leader must have the requisite skills, tools, and knowledge. Mastering the art of leading with intent and purpose requires a combination of research and practice.

Participating in research groups and consortiums or attending workshops related to agile leadership can help you stay updated on industry trends. Seeking feedback from colleagues or mentors with experience in this area and input from executive coaches can also be constructive.

Some additional points to ponder are how you, as a leader, facilitate adaptive career paths since traditional career paths are evolving. Leaders should encourage agility, allowing employees to explore diverse roles and develop skills across domains.

Another area to explore is driving Sustainable Leadership since the generational challenges relate to environmental and ethical usage, addressing environmental consciousness matters. Leaders should consider the impact of their decisions on the planet and promote sustainable practices. Similarly, data and AI adoption must consider the ethical usage of resources.

In conclusion, another critical attribute in a dynamic market is the resilience and agility of the organisations. Thus, the ability to navigate uncertainty and adapt swiftly is vital. Leaders who demonstrate resilience and agility inspire confidence in their teams.

In this dynamic landscape, leaders who embrace these trends and address the challenges will survive and thrive in 2024.

Different leadership styles — visionary leaders, compassionate leaders, or even toxic leaders — can have very different impacts in the workplace. Changing approaches are necessary as companies pivot into new areas, innovate faster, and embrace digital technology. Following these strategies will help you succeed in the leadership path of your choice.

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Arvind Mehrotra

Board Advisor, Strategy, Culture Alignment and Technology Advisor