Certified Agile Leadership (CAL 1)

Focus of Learning

Leaders substantially influence an organization’s agility and effectiveness. Increasing leadership awareness and competency in their own agility as well as their competency in aligning and empowering organizational agility is challenging. This workshop provides the AHA! leaders need to first increase their own personal awareness and to kickstart their journey to improved performance.

This Certified Agile Leadership Workshop is an interactive leadership-focused workshop building skills and competencies to effectively guide and grow agile leaders, coaches and their organizations. This workshop is a pragmatic application of theory and provides concrete models, tools and techniques for leaders to employ directly in their own thinking, their own behaviors, and within their organizations.

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Agile Leadership Compass

Participants will be taken through a comprehensive view of Agile Leadership - first from the leader's personal perspective in how agility impacts their thinking and behavior, then from an organizational perspective in how they can effectively align, guide and scale their organization's agility.

The Agile Leadership Compass will provide guidance for participants both during the workshop and as an aid in their practice following the workshop. See the full list of Learning Objectives of the Agile Leadership Workshop

Participant Profile

The workshop is designed for mixing experienced organizational leaders and experienced enterprise agile coaches in a way that draws upon each strength and caters to each of their needs for growth. By combining both in a single workshop, participants engage with each other to learn the strengths of the others - growing both leaders and coaches.

Organizational Leaders include senior executives, vice presidents, directors, middle management, and process and program-level leaders.

Workshop Experience

The workshop is designed for mixing experienced leaders and experienced coaches in a way that draws upon each strength and caters to each of their needs for growth. By combining both in a single workshop, participants engage with each other to learn the strengths of the others - growing both leaders and coaches.


As described by participants of this workshop...

"This wasn't training, it was an experience. We were never taught at, we were engaged in a learning experience in which we both participated and contributed. I have never been so engaged for two and a half days."

Workshop Agenda

Day 1: Personal Agile Leadership (8:30AM - 5:00PM)

Explore the historical context of human development and leadership as well as the current economics driving the need for agility. Introduce the Leadership Agility Maturity Model to increase self-awareness and discover more agile thinking, decisions and behaviors. Discover the mindset and behaviors of expert, achiever and catalyst leaders and how those impact organizational effectiveness. Practice a 5-step catalyst approach to positively impact every aspect of our work (and personal) life.

Day 2: Leading the Agile Organization (8:30AM - 5:00PM)

Re-focus the leader towards the organization and its effectiveness of delivery customer value. Explore organizational culture, structures and processes to foster value delivery and agility. Understand a leaders’ focus and influence on the health and culture of an organization and its impact on their long-term performance.

Evaluate case studies of real organizations of different organizational cultures applying agile structures and patterns to drive effective and sustaining change with positive results. Reflect and share leader’s organizational cultures and structures in comparison to these case studies. Practice a 5-step organizational change model to guide healthy, engaged and sustained change needed in our organizations.

Workshop Venue

Microtek Denver
999 18th Street, #300
Denver, Colorado 80202

Workshop Learning


  • Economic and market factors that have led to the rise of Agile approaches.
    Complexity and uncertainty of work and how that drives the need for an agile approach.
    Historical management trends and their fit with the business environments of their time.
    Increasing employee engagement and focus on customers to improve satisfaction and outcomes.


  • Leadership self-awareness & mindset required to effectively lead in an agile context.
  • Neuroscience-based leadership aligned with agile thinking and improving leadership effectiveness.
  • Seeking and incorporating feedback that improves the leader’s ability to adapt their own behavior.
  • Catalyst coaching to integrate alternative perspectives, engage others, and improve outcomes.


  • Organizational challenges faced when undertaking Agile more broadly beyond a single team.
  • Increasing safety, trust and collaboration between and across teams to improve outcomes.
  • Organizational cultures, structures and governance and how they impede or enhance agility.
  • Case studies of organizations that effectively use Agile to be agile and improve their outcomes.


  • Organizations as complex adaptive systems where uncertainty reigns and change is always present.
  • Organizational metrics aligned to, and impeding, agile thinking and how they impact outcomes.
  • Identifying & reducing bottlenecks, impediments, and friction in an organization to improve results.
  • Leading change in an adaptive, engaged, and healthy way to foster a growth mindset culture.

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