Yesterday we looked at the algorithm – the pattern of thinking – of busy leaders. That algorithm prioritizes urgency, symptoms, and history. Strategic leaders think differently, and their algorithms coincide with the four traits of strategic leader:
Also, unlike the busy leader algorithm that runs on autopilot, a strategic leader’s algorithm occurs at a conscious level. This allows strategic leaders to adjust the algorithm based on the unique and changing context of any given situation.
The strategic leader avoids the trap of acting based on history and can thus be more mindful of context as a critical factor. Further, by being people focused, solutions are more likely to meet both individual and group needs.
Finally, by acting incrementally, actions are timely and provide either immediate improvement or valuable feedback.
The three epiphanies give us permission to break out of old habits. Rewriting our algorithm to be more strategic allows us to generate wiser options to address the most important problems. Over time, we improve our situation and spend less and less time on the treadmill.
Tomorrow, we’ll look more closely at why focusing on people is critical for getting off of the treadmill.
Do good and be well,