Being strategic means having a brilliant idea that gets you there. Many executives confuse the two and think being strategic means setting objectives. A strategy is a well-thought-out plan to achieve specific goals.
A strategic leader is one who has a disciplined mindset that enables them to pull back and see the bigger picture. A CEO’s long-term thinking requires a broader perspective than short-term thinking. Strategic leadership is not just about what you think, but also about how you think.
Creating a strategy is more of a mindset and a way of thinking that you should be constantly testing and honing. Most organizations have a dominant gene in their DNA that determines what motivates them, what tasks they excel at, and what they care about.
In order to succeed in any career or organization, you must be able to think and lead strategically. Only a few executives, according to research, have innate strategic talent. The challenging news for emerging leaders is that this set of skills is fuzzy and ill-defined. The good news is that it can be developed with focus, discipline, and practice, just like any other habit or skill. You must train to be a strategic leader, and you must develop your ability to lead and think strategically if you want to advance as an executive.
The best strategists are in the thought-process game, and thought processes often lead to brilliant ideas.
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