In the second edition of the best-selling Becoming a Strategic Leader, Richard L. Hughes, Katherine Colarelli Beatty, and David L. Dinwoodie draw from the Center for Creative Leadership's (CCL) acclaimed Leading Strategically program to offer executives and managers a comprehensive approach to strategic leadership that reaches leaders at all levels of organizations.
This thoroughly revised edition concentrates on practical tools for producing impact right away. The authors place special emphasis on three essential strategic components: discovering and prioritizing strategic drivers, which determine sustainability and competitiveness; leadership strategy, which ignites the connections between people critical to enacting the business strategy; and how to foster the individual and organizational learning that is foundational to sustained performance.
The authors and other leadership development professionals have used the distinctive and systematic approach described in this book with great success in CCL's Leading Strategically program. The second edition also contains improved self-assessments that help to align the book's lessons learned with the program's current practices.
Readers will find fresh suggestions about developing the individual, team, and organizational skills needed for institutions to become more adaptable, flexible, and resilient. These are critical strategic attributes in a time of ever more rapid change, greater uncertainty, and globalization.
About the Authors xvii
1. What Is Strategic Leadership? 9
2. Strategic Thinking 53
3. Strategic Acting 105
4. Strategic Infl uence 145
5. Strategic Leadership Teams 197
6. Leadership Strategies for Superior Performance 229
7. Developing Strategic Leadership 259
Appendix A: Strategic Driver Paired-Voting Form 283
Appendix B: STRAT: Strategic Team Review and Action Tool 285
Appendix C: Using STRAT to Develop Your Strategic Leadership Team 291
Appendix D: STRAT Norm Data 299
Appendix E: Talent Sustainability Requirements 303
Appendix F: Leadership Strategy Plan Template 305
Appendix G: Action Learning Projects Criteria for Project Selection 309
About the Center for Creative Leadership 327