The first strategic leader email came out on June 29, 2019. Since that time, I’ve worked to refine the ideas around strategic leadership. We’ve talked a lot about the four principles of strategic leadership, but like anything they could use some refinement. Like the organizations we lead, good things should never be finished, they should always be evolving.
Here is my updated take on the four principles of strategic leadership:
Problems: Strategic leaders work to identify key problems that are barriers to fulfilling the purpose. They disentangle symptoms in order to focus on root issues.
Progress: Strategic leaders are relentless in driving incremental improvements. They break big issues into small pieces and tackle one piece at a time with a goal of making small but immediate improvements.
People: Strategic leaders understand that the knowledge and skills of people are what drive success. Leaders prioritize developing people through multiple types of training and development as well as engaging in coaching and mentoring.
Let me give a shout out to my mom who helped figure out progress as being the P for incremental change. Alliteration is fun, but it also makes things easier to remember.
Do good and be well,