The Agile Leader: How to create an agile business in the digital age, the latest book from Cirrus CEO Dr Simon Hayward, is out now.
“The Agile Leader demonstrates that agility is not just about creating things. It’s also about ruthless prioritisation, managing risk, and knowing when to stop. This book helps leaders to make choices that define their business success on a day-to-day basis. If you’re not moving forward and innovating and changing things, then your competitors will be.”
Humphrey Cobbold, CEO, PureGym
As technology fuels the pace of change in our increasingly uncertain and complex world, this book highlights the importance of agile leadership so that organisations can react swiftly and responsively to opportunities and challenges. By adopting agile ways of working that focus on facilitating mental agility, ruthlessly prioritising, devolving decision-making, and investing in customer research, leaders can drive innovation and learning.
“With disruption happening in every industry and customer behaviour changing all the time, agility has become a highly-prized leadership skill. By reacting with agility to changing customer needs and focusing effort where it will have greatest impact, this book shows where leaders can gain quick wins as well as achieving long-term, sustainable success.”
Roger Whiteside, CEO, Greggs
The book combines research and insights to demonstrate how leaders can effectively guide their teams to organisational stability and prosperity through agile leadership that builds an agile culture. It also features illuminating case studies from a range of organisations including Airbnb, the British Fashion Council, Haymarket Media Group and Standard Chartered.
“This book explains very clearly just what makes agile leadership different to traditional leadership. Making the shift towards a more agile style of leadership can be a huge challenge. Simon Hayward offers a range of insights and advice to help you to make that shift in a sustainable way.”
Mark Allen, CEO, Dairy Crest
Simon is an expert on agility and has written and spoken widely on the topic. His doctoral research into distributed leadership led him to come up with the concept of ‘Connected Leadership’ which was the subject of his first book. He identified agility as a key factor of Connected Leadership, one which he saw becoming increasingly important to the global clients he works with as the pace and complexity of organisational life has increased.
“In The Agile Leader, Simon Hayward develops the approach to building an agile organisation which he introduced in his first book, Connected Leadership. He looks at how many successful organisations are led by their customers, working with them to constantly innovate and improve, for mutual benefit. He also focuses on the importance of simplifying business processes and breaking down silos to encourage collaboration. In an uncertain climate, businesses need to be adaptable, flexible, and always evolving. As well as spotting opportunities for growth, we need to make decisions quickly to seize these opportunities. We have adopted many of the principles of agile leadership at Pentland Brands to future-proof our own organisation.”
Andy Rubin, Chair, Pentland Brands
“A thoughtful read for leaders and aspiring leaders on the balance between reflection and action needed for transforming, or even just surviving, in an age of digital overload.”
Ben Page, CEO, Ipsos MORI