Becoming a Strategic Leader – Part II

Becoming a Strategic Leader - Part II

Does your strategy resemble a trash bin, a convenient place to put anything and everything, resembling a hodgepodge of ideas, initiatives, pet projects, as well as organizational targets?

Strategy often stumbles when it becomes the dumping point for too many ideas and initiatives that are confusing and difficult to follow.

The strategic leader inspires people to work together for future success. This means wading through ambiguity and uncertainly, not trying to develop a perfect picture for the future based on forecasts that will quickly be irrelevant, rather a sketch that evokes purpose, value creation for customers and growth for the company.

This willingness to insist on a clear and compelling future picture of success is a hallmark trait of the strategic leader. Inexperienced operational leaders, or even impatient executive leaders, give up too quickly and resort to “how tactics,” characterized by too many priorities, projects, and programs; meaning if everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority.

How senseful is your strategy?

Are you and your leadership team practicing patience and discipline to craft a meaningful and inspiring “what” for your company’s future before dropping down into strategic implementation, or the “how”?

The strategic leader understands that strategy-how always follows strategy-what; they do not let strategic debates derail by mixing what themes with how themes.

If you are interested in developing your strategic leadership skills, consider joining me and other strategic leaders to strengthen these skills this October in Munich; here’s the link


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Dan Norenberg
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81245 Munich
Phone: +49 172 862 5123

About Dan Norenberg

Dan Norenberg improves leadership performance and organization results through Executive Ownershift®, his transformational growth process for executive teams. As a trusted advisor, consultant and professional speaker, Dan’s mission is to enable executive teams and their organizations to play at their best.