Developing Your Talent

3 Key Elements of Strategic Leadership

By JC Heinen on June 5, 2012

If you are to achieve goals as a strategic leadership team, start by being more proactive and less reactive. Avoid the “putting-out-fires” mindset.  Set priorities and focus on key objectives, anticipate needs and head off challenges before the inferno erupts.

By removing the constant scramble to head off disaster, your team will be able to focus on a collective vision and how their individual responsibilities impact the big picture.  In doing so, all team members share in accountability – rather than focusing on their individual “slice of the pie.”  

While this focus is vital to success, team members should also challenge and inspire one another, celebrate successes and offer support to each other to accomplish goals. 

True strategic leadership teams then take it further. Team members are encouraged to examine missteps carefully and analyze what could have been done differently.  All of this involves an abundance of direct, constructive communication – often in a virtual environment – where ideas can be shared, misunderstandings can be cleared up, and questions are encouraged. 

As Jeffrey Stibel, Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. discusses in “Why I Hire People Who Fail,” his recent blog in the Harvard Business Review: “When you make a mistake, you’re forced to look back and find out exactly where you went wrong, and formulate a new plan for your next attempt … If you’re not failing every now and then, you’re probably not advancing. Mistakes are the predecessors to both innovation and success.”

2 Responses to “3 Key Elements of Strategic Leadership”

  1. Kathy Carmean

    love the blog! Good reminder about mining mistakes, too.
    Congratulations! and Helene, thanks for making these possible!


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