The Leadership Game
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The Leadership Game

The best way to experience the difference between command-and-control, self-organizing and coaching leadership styles

About the Book

What do you expect from a leader?

  • That he goes away?
  • That she takes you strongly and firmly by the hand?
  • That he enforces the team spirit?

This book is the manual for a three-hour game, together we will try to find an answer to these questions. By practicing different leadership styles and approaches in our "playground", you will gain insights about:

  • The different results that can be achieved by different approaches
  • Your own and others' personal preferences
  • Group dynamic effects

We will give special attention to the link between these three themes and the daily practice of project teams. After the game, we will explain the three models and give you references to further reading for those who want to learn more.

Expected benefits of playing this game

This session lets you see what influence the leadership styles have on your team. It lets you reflect on the leadership style you wish to use or/and want to develop.The book also contains a texts about:

  • - PairCoaching
  • - Contemplation on leadership
  • - The Rose of Axes, applied on leadership

What did the authors hope to learn?

When we created this session, we hoped this would bring us one session closer in the integration between the two worlds we both live in. We selected these three kinds of leadership because these are the most extreme cases. A real situational leader would use the three leadership styles in different situations. By exaggeration the three styles the differences and uses of each style become much clearer for the participants.We have been playing this game around the world since 2004 and are happy to say that we learned that and so much more...


About the Authors


The Agile community knows Yves Hanoulle from his many contributions, such as the public Agile conferences Google calendar, his Agile Thursday Quiz, the coach retreats and conferences he’s paired to organize, daily coaching questions via @Retroflections, and the Agile Games Google group, just to name a few. He promoted PairCoaching, an idea which has been adopted by many agile trainers and coaches. He’s constantly learning, and passing on what he learns as a coach and trainer to organizations large and small.

A self-identified change artist and first follower, one of Yves’ unique qualities is that he gives free lifetime support on anything he does: every client, everything he writes and presents, every workshop he leads.

Yves believes in maintaining a sustainable pace both professionally and personally. Yves has parentpair programmed an android game with his 13 year old son You can learn more about Yves at, and find him on social media as YvesHanoulle.

Meike Mertsch
Meike Mertsch (Contributor)

Meike Mertsch works as a happy tester for Tradedoubler AB in Stockholm/Sweden. Her professional main interests are agile testing, functional programming languages and pair programming. Privately she has fun with her dog Hagrid and needlework. Meike blogs on mainly about testing. 

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Table of Contents

  • 1. Recommendations
  • 2. Foreword
  • 3. Abstract
  • 4. Trainer instructions
  • 5. How to run the game
  • 6. Overview Timetable
  • 7. Schedule Players
  • 8. Observation
  • 9. Feedback
  • 10. Feedback Questions
  • 11. PairCoaching
  • 12. Contemplation on leadership
  • 13. The Rose of Axes, applied on leadership
  • 14. Library
  • 15. Supplies
  • 16. Networking
  • 17. Acknowledgments
  • 18. About the authors
  • 19. Game Feedback
  • 20. History
  • 21. Countries
  • 22. License

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