Earlier this week, Paul Shoemaker wrote a very interesting article for Inc. magazine’s website that intrigued me – and aligned with some of the content from my eBook The 9 Signs of Effective Leadership.
In his article “The 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers”, Shoemaker notes:
If you find yourself resisting “being strategic,” because it sounds like a fast track to irrelevance, or vaguely like an excuse to slack off, you’re not alone. Every leader’s temptation is to deal with what’s directly in front, because it always seems more urgent and concrete.
[...] We need strategic leaders!” is a pretty constant refrain at every company, large and small. One reason the job is so tough: no one really understands what it entails. It’s hard to be a strategic leader if you don’t know what strategic leaders are supposed to do.
In my book, I note the need for effective leaders to be strategic, visionary, flexible, and willing to remain in a perpetual state of learning (among other things). Shoemaker also notes that strategic thinkers must anticipate, think critically, interpret, decide, align, and learn as well.
Like Shoemaker, I too believe that those who desire to lead effectively can learn to do so – you don’t have to be born with a presupposition or mastery of every success trait you’ll need in life. The truth is, however, you can’t grow through osmosis – you must commit yourself to the work of personal development.