In a fast-changing world, leaders of R&D divisions are forced to think about and adapt their way of leading. Smart, fast, precise, and agile are buzzwords you may have heard often. But how does agility change leadership? What behavior can be recognized of agile leaders? And what does this mean for your role as a leader? This article will provide answers to these questions. We aim to give guidance for leading in an agile way.
Current challenges & changes that R&D leaders face
Back in the industrial economy, companies were facing just few competitors with similar business models, closed markets and merely powerless customers. Technology cycles lasted long and the competitive advantage was ensured through lower prices or better performance. Leaders were engaged with their focus on planning, directing and controlling, to maximize their business to achieve efficiency.
Nowadays in our digital economy, companies are facing open markets with competitors from all over the world, empowered and well-informed customers as well as a wide array of so