Just trying to explain the full extent of strategic leadership, a large and challenging subject, is more difficult than being a strategic leader. We may not always be able to define it or fully describe it, but we can see it in action. Microscopic perceptions and macroscopic expectations play a role in this form of leadership.
So dear readers, let us understand what these microscopic perceptions and macroscopic expectations are.
Making decisions across cultures, agencies, agendas, personalities, and ambitions is part of strategic leadership. It requires creating practical, desirable, and acceptable plans for one’s organization and partners, whether collaborative, multi-agency, or global. Strategic leadership requires making smart, reasoned decisions, especially those that have far-reaching consequences.
The goal of strategic leadership is to define the goals, choose the best ways and apply the most effective means since the goal of the strategy is to connect goals, ways and means. The plan is the strategy; The thinking and decision-making required to develop and implement the plan is strategic leadership. The talents required for strategic leadership are more complicated than those for tactical and operational leadership.
So, what are the characteristics of a strategic leader?
Strategic leaders must be able to communicate clearly and concisely. They must be able to convey the organization’s vision to their members clearly and understandably—a good thinker. Strategic leaders need to think before they act or speak and exercise self-control over compulsive behaviours that could distract or harm their team.
These people are both delegators and leaders. They understand when to assign tasks to avoid overloading team members and when to set tough jobs to keep them engaged and motivated. For these leaders, it’s not just about money and power. Strategic leaders should really care about the success of their teams and organizations.
Self-assured. Not only do strategic leaders have a deep understanding of the people in their team and organization, but they are also extremely self-aware, which means they are aware of how their moods and behaviours affect others around them. Compassionate. Emotional intelligence is key when it comes to being an effective leader, so it’s no surprise that strategic leaders should be compassionate and empathetic towards those around them. Fair. Strategic leaders are also fair leaders. This indicates that they use their influence wisely rather than pushing others to agree. Open minded. These are not narrow-minded leaders. You have the necessary perspective to look at challenges from different perspectives and to lead your team more successfully.
To conclude, strategic leaders can conceive, convey, and passionately possess vision and relentlessly pursue it to completion.