When overwhelmed with pressure for making quick decisions and delivering short term goals, managers tend to forget the big picture. Does that happen to you sometimes? If it does, immediately start your best to develop your strategic thinking skills. That way you will expand your perception of correlations and impacts, risks and opportunities and rise above day-to-day tasks. Leaders are strategic thinkers with broad views and they plan more than immediate wins. They seem like they see beyond others’ horison, but in fact they are determinate to use different resources to anticipate the change.
Paul Schoemaker, research director at Wharton’s Mack Institute, wrote an article for Inc.com about habits of adaptive strategic leaders, the kind who thrive in today’s environment of constant changes. So, what do they do? Here are just few of the points Paul makes, describing the habits of an adaptive strategic leaders:
- They challenge current beliefs and mindsets, including their own
- They search beyond current boundaries of their business
- They test multiple hypotheses simultaneously
- They synthesize information from many sources before developing a viewpoint
- They foster open dialogue, build trust, and engage key stakeholders, especially when views diverge
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