Be a more effective leader with strategic thinking
Leading with Strategic Thinking reveals what effectiveleaders do differently. Eschewing the one-size-fits-all leadershipmodel, this helpful guide outlines four general leadership typesand demonstrates how each type achieves success – whetherthrough personal vision, structured process, collaboration, or byempowering others. The authors identify the actions and skills thatdistinguish strategic leadership, drawn from interviews and focusgroups with over three hundred leaders from around the world.Examples and case studies illustrate these concepts in action, andthe provided reference materials steer readers toward more advancedinformation on this important topic.
The disruptive forces of technology and globalization raise newchallenges for leaders. This book is a manual that will helpexecutives and aspiring leaders harness these forces and addressthe two central questions of strategic leadership:
- How do the best leaders develop their strategy?
- How do effective leaders drive strategic change?
Becoming a strategic leader isn’t about mimicking an icon.The most effective leaders seize opportunity in a way thatconsciously integrates environmental requirements, stakeholderexpectations, and personal ability. Leading with StrategicThinking shows what these leaders do, and gives anyone thetools to be a more strategic leader.
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About the Author
AARON K. OLSON is Chief Talent Officer at Aon, a worldwide leader in risk management and human resource solutions. Aaron is on the Faculty of Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy.
B. KEITH SIMERSON helps private- and public-sector organizations develop strategic plans and provides consultation, executive coaching, and leadership development. B.K. is on the Faculty of Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy.
Table of Contents
Foreword Kristi Savacool xi
Issues and Considerations xxi
Fundamental Questions xxv
Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Strategic Thinking and Leadership 1
The Nature of Strategic Thinking 1
The Art of Leadership 22
Chapter 2 The Four Types of Strategic Leadership 47
The Visionary Type: Driving Strategy through Personal Insight 55The Directive Type: Driving Strategy through Structure and Process 71The Incubating Type: Driving Strategy through Empowering Others 84The Collaborative Type: Driving Strategy through Cocreation 99Chapter 3 Examples of Strategic Leadership 117
P&G’s Latin American Merger with Gillette 130
Design for America 141
Google Takeout 149
Chapter 4 Applying Strategic Leadership 159
Gaining Strategic Insight 160
Driving Strategic Change 164
Todd Connor and the Bunker 168
Chapter 5 Garnering Buy-in, Commitment, and Advocacy 179
Winning the Hearts of Your Followers 181
The YMCA of the USA 184
Engaging the Minds of Your Followers 192
The United States Coast Guard 193
Leveraging the Hands of Your Followers 201
The Heartland Angels 203
Chapter 6 Developing Strategic Leadership 211
Competencies of the Strategic Leader 213
Organization and Individual Development 237
GE’s Crotonville 242
In Closing 247
Firming Up and Rounding Out Your Skills and Abilities 249
About the Authors 279