Five Ways to be a Good Strategic Leader

Strategic thinking is often complex and involves understanding the tricky relationship between the organisation and its environment, as well as taking strong action consistent with the strategic direction of the organisation.

Good strategic leaders are those who can continually develop and discover strategy – and constantly repurpose and revise it.

Strategic leadership is multi-faceted, involving, among other things:

  • Assessing where you are
  • Understanding who you are - and where you want to go
  • Learning how to get there
  • Making the journey, and finally
  • Checking your progress.

Strategy is also an ongoing discovery process involving both top-down and bottom-up elements.

This is why individuals throughout the organisation who impact beyond their own functional areas have many opportunities to act as strategic leaders.

And it is important to realise that despite its more complex nature, strategy creation is not limited to top executives.

Strategic leadership is a process not a position - demanding the involvement of many - as well as a solid commitment to learning.

By Mike Peeters

Mike Peeters Media

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