What is Strategic Leadership?


There are different leadership styles which you should acquaint yourself with if you want to learn more about leadership styles. In this article you will learn more about the strategic leadership style.

Defining strategic leadership

Strategic leadership is the potential of a leader to share with fellow employees the strategic vision for the company, or team which he or she is leading and is also able to motivate the employees to embrace the vision of the company.

The role of a strategic leader

As a strategic leader, you should be able to create an organizational structure, allocate resources and be able to express a strategic vision which will move the organization forward and to make it a leading player in the market.

As a strategic leader, you should be able to develop an environment within which employees can foresee the needs of the organization in relation to their own jobs and join hands towards fulfilling the vision of the organization.

Every strategic leader should be able to apply the reward and incentive system as a way of motivating employees to be productive and improve the overall performance of the organization as a whole. A strategic leader should be effective and be able to lead the organization or company to a point of excellence.

Key qualities of a strategic leader

Is loyal

An effective strategic leader should be able to exhibit his or her loyalty to the company’s vision by show of words and actions. This also means that the leader’s commitment to the company and its vision should be clearly visible or evident. As a leader, you should be fully own to the vision of the company which will also prove your allegiance and commitment to the company.

Motivated

Strategic leaders should express their zeal for their work beyond what they are being paid for, going an extra mile without being rewarded in monetary terms. As a strategic leader you should be motivated to achieve the goals of the company and lead the other employees to also be encouraged to do the same.

Compassionate

As a strategic leader, it is crucial for you to understand the feelings and views of fellow employees and take decisions after considering the different views which have been presented by fellow employees or subordinates.

Have interpersonal skills

As a leader you should learn how to deal with different personalities when interacting with fellow employees or subordinates. You should be friendly and social if you want to reach out to fellow employees.

Exercisse self control

You should be able to be in full control of your moods and have the ability to remain objective and constructive no matter what you are faced with. You should not permit distractions to influence your decisions or actions in relation to your responsibilities as a strategic leader.

Articulate

One of the major qualities of a good of leader is being able to communicate clearly to other employees or subordinates. A strategic leader should be able to articulate the vision of the organization to other employees and motivate them to work towards achieving the goals of the organization.

 Reliable and steadfast

As a strategic leader you should be reliable and steadfast in your work. This is crucial for you as a leader especially since  your role as a strategic leader is to convey the vision of the organization to the employees until it becomes a component of culture of the organization.

Should be able to “think out of the box”

As a strategic leader you should have a wider perspective and also be able to come up with solutions which are applicable and are in line with the vision of the organization.

Should be able to delegate tasks

A good strategic leader should also be ready to delegate tasks to subordinates when deemed fit. As an effective leader you should be able to know when to delegate tasks especially if you want to avoid being weighed down with the numerous tasks that are before you.

If fully aware of what is happening within the organization at all times

A good strategic leader should know what is happening within the organization at all times. You cannot be a good strategic leader if you not aware of what is happening within the organization or within the team which you are leading.

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