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Agile Award for Leadership

24 June 2020   (0 Comments)
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In October 2019 John Williams, CEO of the Agile Business Consortium, ran an Agile Leadership Workshop for Project Management and Entrepreneurial Business Management (EBM) students at Northumbria University, Newcastle. The workshop ran through the nine principles of Agile Leadership, splitting up the students into groups to discuss the collaboration principles 7, 8 and 9.

7. Leaders devolve appropriate power and authority

8. Collaborative communities achieve more than individuals

9. Great ideas can come from anywhere in the Organisation


9 Principles of Agile Leadership


The workshop sparked lively debate and discussions, from student’s personal experience and background, to theory knowledge and exploring their ideal expectations.

From this workshop it was decided to offer first year EBM students the opportunity to enter for the Agile Award for Leadership, where three £300 grants are presented not on academic marks but on the students’ own personal reflection on their projects and modules throughout the academic year.

The criteria was for students to provide evidence of the Agile Leadership principles, reflecting on their personal development and effectiveness.

Lucy Hatt, the current Programme Leader for the Entrepreneurial Business Management course said:

“The Agile Leadership Principles really resonated with the ethos of the programme and so we were delighted to be able to offer our first year students an incentive to reflect on how they have put them into practice. All three winners have developed their leadership abilities significantly over this first year of their university experience and it’s great that we can recognise them in this way.”


Congratulations to Hannah Gale, Sasha Jones and Charlotte Adams for being the 2020 winners of the Award for Agile Leadership.

We asked the winners which Leadership principle resonated with them the most.

Hannah Gale

For me principle 4 stands out most. I find this because I feel I have experienced practicing this principle first-hand whilst leading a coaching session. Additionally, I think it benefits not only the leader but everyone involved in terms of sharing knowledge and understanding, which I think is important too. 


Sasha Jones

‘Actions speak louder than words’ is the one which stands out to me the most, as you can say you’re going to do something and then not do it, but being proactive and doing something rather than talking about it helps you to progress to the next step.


Charlotte Adams

The principle that stand out most to me would be that “great ideas can come from anywhere in the organisation.” This is because I strongly believe that those carrying out a specific role will have the most effective and innovative ideas as they do that job day in and day out. Empowering all staff in the organisation through teaching this principal should motivate staff benefiting the organisation through both higher motivation and higher amounts of ideas.


Read more about the Nine Principles of Agile Leadership.

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