Lateral Leadership Training: Effectively Influencing without Authority

Lateral Leadership Training: Effectively Influencing without Authority

Organizations are shifting from top-down hierarchies to autonomous and loosely connected agile teams. Although these teams act mostly self-organized, the responsibility for their outcomes usually falls into the hands of one person.
The most prominent example is the role of a Product Manager/Product Owner. To lead highly skilled domain experts as a generalist, one has to master the art of influencing others without formal authority. That‘s what’s called lateral leadership.

Effective Lateral Leadership happens at the Intersection of Alignment and Empathy

Effective Lateral Leadership happens at the Intersection of Alignment and Empathy

This training will help you master the challenges of being a lateral leader. It will guide you through strategic alignment with your organization, process alignment within your team, and proper alignment with other team members.
By also recognizing empathy and escalation as helpful tools, you’ll be able to maintain and strengthen your leadership role.

This training is not a dissection of theoretical leadership principles or psychological frameworks you get taught in traditional ‘leadership trainings.’ Instead, I will share first perspective stories from my eight years of experience in product management and provide hands-on advice for your daily work with agile teams.

Learn from the best practices to lead without formal authority which are also shared in my book 'Lateral Leadership: A Practical Guide for Agile Product Managers'.

Want to learn more before you sign up?

Check out my free webinar on Lateral Leadership to hear about my methodology and techniques I'm teaching in this training:

What you will learn in this Training

  • Why leading without hierarchical power is the skill of the future for agile organizations
  • Understanding the three levels of alignment needed for leading agile teams
  • How to develop empathy for peers from other domains of expertise
  • How to use the Agile Peer Canvas for a holistic perspective on team collaboration
  • What to do when lateral leadership tools fail

What we will achieve

  • Embracing the challenges of lateral leadership instead of blaming them on the organizational environment
  • Clarity about your lateral leadership environment and responsibilities
  • A sense for which of the critical pillars of successful lateral leadership to utilize when: Empathy and Alignment
  • First practical experiences with frameworks which help you strengthen your lateral leadership position

Practical Exercises taught in this Training

  • Creating your personal lateral leadership relationship matrix
  • Crafting an effective mission briefing to support strategic alignment
  • Utilizing the Agile Peer Canvas
  • Leveraging an effective escalation process using the clarification manifesto
Agile Peer Canvas for Lateral Leadership

Agile Peer Canvas for Lateral Leadership Collaboration

For whom this Training is

  • Professionals who are tasked with leading self-organized and cross-functional teams without hierarchical power
  • Members of Agile teams who are looking for ways to increase their way of collaborating
  • Due to the spread of agile team constellations outside of the IT context, lateral leadership is also applicable to, e.g., UX Designers, Marketing Managers, and ’Heads of’ or VPs.

Note: As soon as there's one participant enrolled who is not speaking German, the entire workshop will be held in English. All the slides and materials are in English anyway.

Here's what attendees are saying about the Training:

Elain Tse Lateral Leadership Training Recommendation

The training provided both theories and tools that are essential for teams to align on product management. We have implemented the mission briefing template right after the training - our tech and non-tech teams have achieved a new level of understanding of each other.

Elain Tse Head of Operations at

Fanny Krebs-Pinto Lateral Leadership Training Recommendation

It always feels very nice to discuss and share experiences with fellow product people. Thank you for facilitating a great workshop on lateral leadership. Learned great tips and new tools to lead without hierarchical authority

Fanny Krebs-Pinto Product Manager at HolidayPirates Group

Next Dates

November 15th in Zurich, Switzerland

The first lateral leadership training in Switzerland takes place in partnership with Product Academy. Join me for a practical 1-day experience to learn more about how to lead without formal authority.

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