Leadership can be defined as the art of motivating and
inspiring people to a common purpose. Strategic leadership further
defines this principle by focusing on specific, intentional, measurable
objectives that emerge from mission, strategy, and logistics (our MSL
model/strategic leadership cycle). Strategic leaders move their
organizations to be extraordinary.
How can an organization define its greatness? It can likely
do so in almost anyway that it chooses, perhaps by reaching the
one-billion dollar sales mark or by owning a certain market share. An
organization’s definition of what it means to be great or to be
extraordinary usually connects to its mission (why it exists) and how
well it meets its mission. How the leader of the organization motivates
and inspires his or her people to achieve the mission is part of the
strategic component of strategic leadership.
Select one of the following organizations:
Analyze the factors that make the CEO (or top leader) of your selected organization a strategic leader. Alternatively, if the leader is not strategic, analyze the factors that support that conclusion.
Evaluate the reasons why the leader might be described as great, or good, or some other descriptor. If the leader is not considered great, what behaviors might elevate his/her leadership to the next level?
How does the organization define its leadership model (e.g., on web pages or organizational publications)? What key words are evident in organizational materials that might reveal its approach to leadership? Evaluate how the model and key words connect to strategic leadership.
Discuss the methods used by the leader to inspire members of the organization to achieve the organizational mission. How do those methods relate to the leadership theories discussed in this week’s lecture? Based on your analysis, which theory seems to most fit the leader?
Evaluate the measurable objectives that the organization uses to determine whether it is great or extraordinary. If those measures exist, analyze whether the organization is achieving greatness. If those measures don’t exist, what measures might be used to determine greatness for the organization?