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Lateral Leadership

Lateral Leadership: A practical guide for Agile Product Managers - Tim Herbig

Lateral Leadership happens at the Intersection of Alignment and Empathy. This book describes the key principals and techniques needed for a Product Owner or Product Manager to effectively influence and align the teams working around a product vision.

Agile methods require a radically different approach to leadership, one that puts business, design, and engineering at equal levels-where they must work as peers.

This situation creates a challenge for team leaders. Agile leadership requires teams to align with a committed vision and support it in the best possible way. And even though agile leaders lack the expert knowledge of their new peers, they have to succeed with their mission without the traditional safety net of hierarchical power.

Lateral leadership describes the art of efficiently influencing others around you without formal authority. It is essential for succeeding in the implicit leadership position that Product Owners find themselves in.


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