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Do you need to think more strategically?

January 24, 2012

Through our work with over 60,000 leaders worldwide, Linkage has identified strategic thinking as a skill central to leadership success. 

Strategic thinking lies at the heart of Linkage’s Leadership Assessment Instrument (LAI)–a self- and multi-rater assessment developed in partnership with Dr. Warren Bennis. The LAI measures the competencies, skills, and responsibilities essential for effective leadership.

Are you a strategic thinker? Do you…

  • Ensure that short-term activities support long-term strategic goals
  • Anticipate change and driving decisions to take advantage of opportunities and minimize threats
  • Ensure that processes, systems, and measurements are in place to support strategic objectives
  • Clearly define and communicate strategic direction
  • Translate broad strategic initiatives into specific actions and milestones

Do you want to help your team think more strategically? Try this short exercise:  

  • Begin with the end in mind: what is your organizational, departmental, or team Desired Future State? 
  • Next, assess your Current State. Where is your team in relation to the Desired Future?
  • Finally, what actions will be necessary to progress from your Current to your Desired Future State?

Was this exercise helpful? Post your thoughts, comments, and suggestions. Stay tuned for more exercises, tips, and tools designed to help you become a more effective leader. Interested in learning more? Feel free to contact us at anytime for more information on our Leadership Assessment Instrument or Strategic Thinking course.

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