My son, Lance, is an avid kayaker. I asked him what separated a good kayaker from a great kayaker, and he said the great kayakers read the water better. They are more efficient with their strokes and capitalize on the flow patterns of the water. Great kayakers understand the water. Because they leverage the environment, they can be more intentional and efficient.
Strategic leadership is similar. Strategic leaders understand organizations and how to grow people. By leveraging that knowledge and being intentional, strategic leaders achieve better results.
The quality of our leadership doesn’t depend on how hard we work. It is more influenced by how well we read and leverage the environment and how intentional we are about growing our people.
You can see some of Lance’s kayaking videos on his Instagram account here if you are curious about what good kayaking looks like.