STRATEGIC LEADER COMPETENCIES

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In December 2001, the Chief of Staff of the Army tasked the Army War College to produce a report which identified Strategic Leader Competencies for the post 9/11 Army. Dr. Leonard Wong and four U.S. Army War College students prepared a report under the direction of the Director of the Strategic Studies Institute. That report produced a list of six meta-competencies.3 Although the title of that report and the materials presented here have a similar name, that report dealt with soldiers operating in a strategic environment, where tactical and operational level decisions can have strategic ramifications. This paper addresses more broad-based attributes, which in some instances are complementary to several characteristics described in the…show more content…
Vision provides the organization with a set of goals as articulated by the strategic leader. A mission or a vision provides a general plan and assist the organization with being able to successfully determine appropriate means and resources to achieve the end state as articulated by the leadership. In a sense, the strategic leader’s vision provides a roadmap to the subordinate personnel within the organization.6 With this, leadership can measure success and assist in the development of the means, to successfully meet the organization’s objectives or end state. Without a clearly articulated vision, members of an organization, regardless of whether it is the military, another government agency, or a large corporate enterprise, can squander organizational resources on objectives that may not fall under the realm of the strategic leader’s vision. Inclusive of having a vision, a complementary aspect is that it has to be within the scope of practicality. The goals stated in the vision must be obtainable. The primary reason that vision is important is because it gets the people within an organization focused on the mission. It also educates those outside the organization, such as Congress and the American people, who may assist with achieving organizational goals or objectives.7 The next attribute is the ability to effectively communicate within and outside the

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