Think like a leader – Part 2

Think like a leader – Part 2

Thinking Strategically

“When your headlights aren’t on, the best rear-view mirror available isn’t likely to improve your driving.”

Marth Rogers

I love the logic of this statement.

It is true that leaders must think strategically, but what does that mean?

It means that the day you become a leader you forfeit the right to just be a passenger, to go with the flow. From the day you become a leader – every decision, every communication, every meeting that you have, every email or text you send out, every interaction, must be strategic. As the leader, you become the headlights that help the team navigate where they are going. The day you become a leader, you forfeit the right to say “I am too busy for this.”

Purpose, Vision, Mission and Goals are other subjects for another blog, but in order to reach your goals you need to have a strategy, and in order to develop a strategy you need to take time out to plan.
Whether you have a 6-month, 1-year of 5-year goal, your role as a leader is to break that down into a weekly strategy.

“If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.”

Zig Ziglar

If you think like a leader you will take time out to plan your week. You will either do that on a Friday so that you can relax for the weekend, or you will do it first thing Monday morning. When you do it is not important, what is important is that you do it.

Even if you are rolling out someone else’s plan, or the goals of your team fit into a larger context, you still need to take the time to process them so that they become your own strategy.

Well done if you are doing this!
If your response to this is that you are too busy, then you are not thinking like a leader.

I can almost guarantee that if you are doing this, that most of your strategy will be task or function focused. What needs to be done? How must it be done? Who needs to do it, and when?

In addition to this, you need to have a weekly people or communication strategy.

You need to ask yourself these questions:

  • What meetings do I have this week?
  • What emails or text messages do I need to send out this week?
  • Who do I need to interact with this week?
  • How do I strategically use these interactions to highlight or reinforce our purpose, vision, mission and values?
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Written by Doug Johnson

Published on 5th May 2020

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