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Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) Workshop


Companies that manifest agility, those that are able to quickly adapt to new environmental conditions and to generate new opportunities, are based on leadership models that rely on the participative, responsible engagement of their people and on the decentralization of some decisional processes. 

This workshop will cover topics that span from the organizational to the individual, and from the technical to the humanistic, with the goal of supporting the development of organizations that are ready to operate effectively and efficiently in the 21st century. 

Who should attend

This 2-day workshop is aimed at executives, program and line managers, team leaders, Scrum Masters, Agile coaches 

Why attend

Attend this workshop if you want to find out about:

  • Effectively distinguish between management and leadership
  • Understand different leadership models for contexts of complexity, uncertainty and rapid change
  • How to apply operational and organizational frameworks that are fit for a complex world
  • Develop self-awareness as the foundation of your personal leadership
  • How to improve motivation, commitment and responsibility (both individual and collective) in self- organizing teams
  • How to be a leader and a coach in self-organizing teams
  • How to scale self-organization on multiple, interdependent teams

Course Outline

Day 1 – Leadership at organizational level

  • Complexity in market and organizational contexts: business agility, continuous change and innovation
  • The Cynefin framework: how it relates to business agility
  • The traditional role of management and leadership
  • Evolution in management and leadership (Situational Leadership, other approaches)
  • High-performing teams: Google’s “Project Aristotle”
  • Motivation and Engagement in intellectual workers
  • How to create and enable self-organizing teams and keep them aligned with the organization’s strategic goals
  • Shared responsibility in self-organizing teams
  • Scaling self-organization beyond the single team: coordination and alignment
  • Case studies of organizations manifesting business agility (including Spotify, Zappos, Valve, Semco)

Day 2 – Leadership at the individual level

  • Self-awareness: the foundation of leadership
  • Dilt’s Leadership Model: introduction
  • The Personal Responsibility Process (Avery)
  • Safety, Direction and Growth: manifesting your leadership on these three essential dimensions
  • The leader as a coach
  • Promoting Psychological Safety in your teams
  • Practices and tips for effective leadership
  • Dilt’s Leadership Model: application
  • The role of leadership inself-organizing contexts
  • Creating your own “leadership toolbox”
  • References and other sources


  • Intermediate/advanced level; professional experience in leading/managing teams is recommended
  • An understanding of the fundamental Agile principles is useful but not mandatory


  • Attending the entire course qualifies you to receive the Certified Agile Leadership Credential Level 1
  • PDUs and Scrum Alliance SEUs (toward CSP cert): 14

Practical details

  • Duration: 2 days
  • The class is delivered by Certified Agile Leadership Educator
  • Training language: English, Italian


Need a customized workshop? Contact us and we’ll adapt the content as required.