Leadership and being strategic don't always go hand-in-hand. Leaders who don't think and act strategically may face frustration or it may take longer to achieve expected outcomes. Being intent on strategic thinking starts with building skills and acquiring the traits necessary to make a difference at a strategic level. Consider how your leadership thoughts and actions may become more strategic if you developed these traits:
FUTURE-BASED: You anticipate needs and opportunities and take action for future-focused initiatives.
COLLABORATIVE: You engage well with others to share ideas and seek solutions together. You put the needs of others ahead of yourself.
INNOVATIVE: You are not afraid of new methods and you encourage new ideas and original thoughts. This may also require some risk-taking to take action with new ideas.
FOCUSED: Although you see the big picture, you are capable of sifting through the noise and targeting the right tasks. As a leader, you also support others in staying focused on what's important.
LIFE-LONG LEARNER: You are naturally curious and you proactively seek knowledge and skills. You are also willing to teach others. This leads to an environment of continuous improvement.
Belinda Gates, ACC
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