flowprofiler® provides a measure of the observable behaviours that an agile leader should display. In this article we explore the core competencies of an agile leader, identify which flowprofiler® dimensions support development and the key attributes of flowprofiler® that make it unique.

What are the core competencies of an agile leader?

Agile leadership requires:

  • a growth mindset.
  • collaboration.
  • commitment and
  • quality thinking skills.

A growth mindset

Leaders with a growth mindset are open to learning, demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude and learn from feedback. They are accountable and have a commitment to personal excellence in the workplace.


A collaborative leader works effectively with groups and seeks the input of others. They are able to give feedback effectively and communicate well. They adopt a coaching style when working with people in contrast to a ‘telling’ or directive style. They understand that the collective intelligence of the group is better than any one individual.

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

– Michael Jordan


An Agile leader demonstrates commitment to the role they are in. They find purpose and meaning in the work that they are doing, and they use this as a source of engagement.

Quality thinker

Quality thinkers are creative and can work through an innovation process. They have effective problem-solving skills and make great process engineers. They balance their decision making in such a way that their approach results in effective and critical thinking.

flowprofiler® dimensions that directly support an agile leader

There are 15 flowprofiler® dimensions that directly support the development of an agile leader:

Growth: A leader displaying a good level of growth enjoys challenge. They prioritise professional development and they benchmark themselves against high performers.

Purpose: An agile leader is driven by purpose and seeks feedback, they monitor their performance and want to make a difference. They are engaged and energised by the purpose and meaning they derive from their role.

Optimism: Optimistic people maintain a positive outlook. They believe problems can be solved. They are upbeat under pressure and are excited by possibilities.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

Perseverance: Leaders who persevere are able to bounce back and thrive during periods of uncertainty. They are persistent and deal with what is in front of them.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

Unbiased: Agile leaders are unbiased in their decision making. They are objective, rational and calm when considering problems. They are able to separate their emotions when making decisions.

Emotional Awareness: Emotional awareness is a key attribute of leadership. Leaders who are emotionally aware understand their thoughts and feelings. They are mindful of their own reactions and are reflective, approachable and intuitive.

Emotional Regulation: An agile leader is able to regulate their emotions. They respond appropriately and are composed under pressure. They are emotionally consistent and think before they react.

Regard for Others: A leader with a high regard for others trusts, values and appreciates their colleagues. They show confidence in others and are supportive and kind.

Social Awareness: An agile leader is observant and attentive. They are considerate of others and are able to read and identify mood changes in their colleagues.

Self-Confidence: Leaders who are self-confident contribute and add value without concern. They are typically unfazed by challenges and know they have the resources to draw on to face uncertainty.

Collaboration: Collaboration is a core competence of agile leaders. Those who are driven by collaboration enjoy working with others and have a strong sense of belonging. They promote group activities and look for opportunities to network. These leaders value the input of those around them.

Self-Esteem: Agile leaders have a sense of internal self-worth. They recognise their own strengths and have clear purpose in the work that they do. They will speak positively about themselves.

Autonomy: Autonomous leaders feel empowered and are able to make their own decisions. They are self-sufficient and recognise their own sense of choice. An agile leader knows when to use their autonomy and when the lean out an create space for others to contribute.

Well-Being: An agile leader cares about their own well-being and that of those people around them. They enjoy a range of pursuits and takes time out to re-energise. They are able to self-care when required.

Adaptability: A leader demonstrating adaptability in the workplace tests assumptions. They are able to cope with limited information and they seek the views and ideas of colleagues. They challenge work practices to achieve the best possible outcomes.

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt and change.” – Stephen Hawking

Key attributes that make flowprofiler® unique

flowprofiler® is unique because:

  • Of what we measure: We are the only psychometric assessment on the market that brings motivation, resilience, emotional and social intelligence to the one report.
  • The 18 dimensions the flowprofiler® measures.
  • Of the state based nature of these assessments: flowprofiler® uniquely measures across two states, day-today and under pressure allowing for rich comparisons. This means people can develop the observable behaviours our system reports on.
  • Of our research: The research and validation that sits behind flowprofiler® is unique. It is independent and based on the latest thinking in the field of positive psychology. We are pleased to report a Cronbach-Alpha of .82 for the reliability portion of the validation process.

flowprofiler® is a great fit for developing agile leaders because of our scale of measure. We believe even the most admirable traits cans be too much of a good thing some of the time. Our scale and reporting allows users to quantify proportional behaviour based on the goals and requirements of the role. And, we treat the dimensions measured as abilities. With a few exceptions, a willing person can develop these superpowers.

The flowprofiler® family of assessments and workshops are a perfect complement for the development of agile leaders.

The flowprofiler® is an online, normative psychometric assessment that measures 18 dimensions of motivation, resilience and social and emotional intelligence across two states. These areas underpin the competencies of an agile leader.

Please email us at info@chalmersinternational.com for more information.