A powerful article written by Gallup Organization.
1. Clarify aspirations and business strategy
- Does your organization have a compelling vision and clear mission?
- Does it espouse values that people accept and embrace?
- Is there a clear understanding of your organization’s strategic drivers and business strategy?
2. Identify capabilities to implement business strategy
- What are the new organizational capabilities needed as a result of changes in your competitive environment?
- Will you need to practice leadership differently as a result of those new competitive challenges?
- How will you support ongoing organizational change and the individual, team, and organizational learning it requires?
3. Assess those capabilities
- Are there changes needed in your organization’s culture because of new competitive challenges?
you able to identify and minimize aspects of your structure that
undercut the ability of individuals and teams to implement your
- Do you have mechanisms in place for maintaining a strategic perspective amid tactical, day-to-day demands?
- Does your organization have adequate systems for attracting, developing, and retaining the talent needed for success?
4. Make leadership development a key component
- Which competencies are most critical to the success of your organization and its business strategy?
- Does your leadership development strategy incorporate multiple types of experiences: training, coaching, mentoring, action learning, and developmental job assignments?
you created a feedback-rich environment that includes regular
opportunities for 360-degree leader effectiveness feedback from bosses,
peers, direct reports, and other key stakeholders, as well as periodic
- Do you provide opportunities for developing not only individual leaders, but also strategic teams?
5. Get top leadership support
- Does the top see leadership as a strategic competitive advantages?
- Are members of your senior team willing to be public champions of leadership and leadership development?
you have a communication plan for making the link between your
leadership strategy and business strategy understood throughout the
From Richard Hughes and Katherine Beatty (2005, December) 5 steps to leading strategically. T+D, p. 46-48.
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