3 Steps to Improve Your Strategic Leadership Skills

Team building trainingTo avoid over-relying on your technical, functional, or professional expertise, hone an interest in the general business as a whole. Develop a thirst for learning the external and internal business environment and keeping perspective on what truly matters. This is the prerequisite for a strategic perspective—your homework—so to speak.

Take time to understand:

How your company makes money

Your competitive advantage—what attracts your customers

Where your industry is headed

Your organization’s strategic plan and priorities

Talk to your customers and your key production groups to understand what is in their heads. Think about how the different pieces of your organization integrate and collaborate. Keep track of what you don’t know and the questions you have, and work to find answers. (Then, document and share the information with others.)

via 3 Steps to Improve Your Strategic Leadership Skills | The Fast Track.


Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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