Leadership Strategies For A Leader

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Helping organizations to create and achieve goals is an essential part of what it means to be a leader. Goals provide direction for followers and set priorities (Leadership Strategies [L.S.], 2015, figure 1). Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, claimed that "Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand." (Tayor, 2015, para. 4). In essence, great leaders are able to sift through the distractions that pull organizations and individuals in a multitude of different directions, and are able to unify their efforts under one banner. Leaders determine the vision, and then utilize goals to make that vision a reality. Goals provide a…show more content…
These plans can be very small in scope and applied only to specific areas or compartments within an organization. Short term tactical plans can be utilized as a means of fulfilling the strategic plans, or long term goals, of an organization, while strategic plans are the medium through which leaders fulfill the vision of an organization in its entirety. This paper will examine how both strategic and tactical planning are utilized by companies in the achievement of goals, and will explain at which points of the process one or the other should be used.
One definition of strategic planning that has been put forth is “Strategic planning is gaining insights about where you are now, gathering the information that identifies where you should be in the future, generating the decisions that will give you a unique position, and then defining the actions that will bridge the gap” (Lake, 2012, p. ix). By utilizing this definition as a rubric, a step by step process by which to accomplish strategic planning becomes apparent.
The first step is to develop and in depth understanding of the organizations current state of affairs. This includes understanding general questions such as what the business of the organization is, why it is unique, and what is important to its overall success (Lake, 2012, p. 2). It also includes examining past achievements and short comings as well as considering what value
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