Effective Leadership:

Managerial Leadership

Strategic Leadership

Providing the Vision, Direction, the Purpose for Growth, and Context for the Corporate Success


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Founder, Ten3 Business e-Coach Inspiration and Innovation unlimited!

 Author of the Smart & Fast mini-course "Strategic Management"





"All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which great victory evolved." ~ Sun Tzu


5 Strategic Questions

You Should Ask to Understand Where Your Business Is Going

By: Jack Welch

  • In the last three years, what have your competitors done?... More

25 Lessons from Jack Welch

Creating Customer Value: 9 Questions To Answer

Competitive Strategies


Seven Functions of Strategic Leadership1

  1. Purpose / Vision: to provide direction for the organization as a whole

Inspirational Leader: 10 Roles

  1. Strategic Thinking and Planning: to get strategy and policy right

  2. Operational / Administration: making it happen (overall executive responsibility)

  3. Organization Fitness to Situational Requirement: organizing or reorganizing (balance of whole and parts)

  4. Energy, Morale, Confidence, Espirit de corps: releasing the corporate spirit

  5. Allies and Partners, Stakeholders, Political: relating the organization to other organizations and society as a whole

  6. Teaching and Leading the Learning by Example: choosing today's leaders and developing tomorrow's leaders


Seven Key Focus Areas for Strategy Formulation

By Peter Skat-Rørdam

  1. Understanding industry transformation

  2. Conceptualizing the core knowledge asset

  3. Understanding customer benefits

  4. Changing the existing logic

  5. Developing an overall direction

  6. Developing strategy for both the short and long term

  7. Adapting strategy constantly to opportunities and learning

Surprise To Win: 3 Strategies

Blue Ocean vs. Red Ocean Strategy

10 Rules for Building a Great Business



How To Achieve High Visibility In Your Target Market

10 Strategic Tips by Glenn Ebersole

  • Strategic Tip #1: DO commit to and act as a leader. Be proactive and seize the opportunity to step forward and lead... More

COCA Principle of Achievement


Entrepreneurial Leader: 4 Specific Attributes


Objectives of Strategic Leadership

Strategic leadership provides the vision, direction, the purpose for growth, and context for the success of the corporation. It also initiates "outside-the-box" thinking to generate future growth. Strategic leadership is not about micromanaging business strategies. Rather, it provides the umbrella under which businesses devise appropriate strategies and create value.2

In short, strategic leadership answers two questions:

  • What – by providing the vision and direction, creating the context for growth, and

  • How – by sketching out a road map for the organization that will allow it to unleash its full potential; by crafting the corporation's portfolio, determining what businesses should be there, what the performance requirements of the business are, and what types of alliances make sense; and by defining the means (the culture, values, and way of working together) needed to achieve corporate vision and goals.

Distinguishing Characteristic

The distinguishing characteristic of the strategic leadership level - as compared with team-level and operational-level leadership – is that it implies responsibility for achieving the right balance between the whole, i.e. organizat0ional needs, and the parts, be they large (functions) or small (teams or individuals).

Strategic Thinking

In today's era of rapid change and unparalleled opportunity, the profitable and sustainable growth will go to the companies whose leaders can see possibilities beyond their traditional served markets. There are no generally applicable recipes for success in business as each business is unique. Effective strategic thinking can be stimulated however by adapting the framework for the process to the specific situation of your company... More

Strategic Achievement

The two interwoven parts of strategic achievement are formulation and implementation. While both parts are essential to achieving superior organizational performance, the implementing strategy is where most companies succeed or fail... More

3 Strategies of Market Leaders

Tips for Making the Vision a Reality

Managing for Results

To achieve results, you should develop a solid, sound, customer-focused, and entrepreneurial strategy, aimed at market leadership, based on innovation, and tightly focused on decisive opportunities... More

Building Your Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Sustainable competitive advantage is the prolonged benefit of implementing some unique value-creating strategy based on unique combination of internal organizational resources and capabilities that cannot be replicated by competitors... More

Strategic Innovation

Strategic Innovation is the creation of growth strategies, new product categories, services or business models that change the game and generate significant new value for customers and the corporation...  More

Yin-Yang of Value Innovation

Setting the Right Direction

Left-brain dominant organizations that are devoted to short-term, bottom-line, hard-data orientations usually neglect strategic leadership development and therefore breed left-brain dominant executive who seldom find time to "communicate vision and direction, build teams, develop people, or plan meeting, except in a kind of crisis way.

No wonder many individuals and institutions are caught going in the wrong direction, being in the wrong jungle, or leaning against the wrong wall. Strategic leadership can eliminate such misdirection and make things right again."3

As a strategic leader responsible for the enterprise strategy development and implementation your prime responsibility is to ensure that your organization is going in the right direction. A strategic leader can provide vision and direction, motivate through love and passion, and build a complementary team based on mutual respect if he or she is "more effectiveness-minded than efficiency-minded, more concerned with direction and results than with methods, systems, and procedures."3

Leadership-Management Synergy

Leadership and Management

  • Leaders focus on the ends; Managers focus on the means. Both together reach more.

  • Leaders provide vision; Managers provide execution. Both together achieve more... More

12 Leadership Roles

The 8 Stage Change Management Process

Defrost a hardened status quo:

  1. Establish a sense of urgency

  2. Create the guiding coalition... More

Top 10 Essential Requirements To Be A Great Strategic Thinker

Essential Element #1: You must have a vision. And you must be great at thinking with a strategic purpose and creating a visioning process. Great strategic thinkers are visionaries... More










  1. Effective Strategic Leadership, John Adair

  2. The Centerless Corporation, Bruce Pasternack and Albert J. Viscio

  3. Principle-Centred Leadership, Stephen R. Covey

  4. Making a Difference, Bruce Nixon

Xenophon leadership advice

A leader reminds people of why they are working and striving

– for that which transcends self.


Smart Corporate Leader

12 Major Causes of Failure in Leadership

Develop a Clear Vision

Tips for Making the Vision a Reality

Business Architect

Look at Your Company from Outside In As Well As Inside Out

Enterprise Strategies

The Strategist's 15 Rules

Strategic Motivation

Strategic Motivation System

Sustainable Growth Strategies

Balanced Approach to Business Systems

The Tao of Change Management

Why Organizational Change Fails: 8 Common Errors Leaders Make

Competitive Strategies

Creating Competitive Disruption: 7 Strategies


7 Dimensions of Strategic Innovation