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Leading with Strategic Thinking. Four Ways Effective Leaders Gain Insight, Drive Change, and Get Results

  • ID: 3024968
  • Book
  • May 2015
  • Region: Global
  • 320 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This is an essential guide to understanding how to think and lead strategically. Olson and Simerson do a great job describing what distinguishes strategic leaders and companies.
Greg Case, CEO, Aon plc

There are many books that focus on strategy, and other books that focus on various components of leadership. However, Leading with Strategic Thinking is the first time I have seen strategy and leadership come together in a clear, compelling way. I learned a lot by reading this insightful book. This is an important read for all leaders that truly want to make a difference in their organizations.
Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr., Former Chairman and CEO of Baxter International; Professor of Management at Northwestern University′s Kellogg School of Management; and author of From Values To Action and Becoming the Best

From Nelson Mandela to GE, this book uses a diverse range of real–life stories to show that strategic leadership can be emergent or planned, and can emanate from the top or the grassroots of organizations. As such, strategic leadership is applicable in any job or setting. The world needs strategic leadership now more than ever, and Olson and Simerson make the topic both practical and clear.
Carolyn Woo, CEO, Catholic Relief Services

Thinking and acting strategically should be at the core of everybody′s leadership, and Aaron Olson and BK Simerson have prepared a first–rate guidebook for doing so. Drawing on extensive contact with executives and companies known for their exceptional leadership, Leading with Strategic Thinking is an invaluable resource for all those seeking to strengthen strategic leadership in themselves and their enterprises.
Michael Useem, Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

This is an important book for all who want to be great at gleaning strategic insight and executing strategic change. The authors provide powerful examples of the tradeoffs associated with different strategic leadership styles and offer tested advice on how to develop your strategic skills.
Linda A. Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; and author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

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Foreword Kristi Savacool xi

Preface xv

Introduction xxi

Issues and Considerations xxi

Fundamental Questions xxv

Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Strategic Thinking and Leadership 1

The Nature of Strategic Thinking 1

The Art of Leadership 22

Chapter 2 The Four Types of Strategic Leadership 47

The Visionary Type: Driving Strategy through Personal Insight 55

The Directive Type: Driving Strategy through Structure and Process 71

The Incubating Type: Driving Strategy through Empowering Others 84

The Collaborative Type: Driving Strategy through Cocreation 99

Chapter 3 Examples of Strategic Leadership 117

Indiegogo 118

P&G s Latin American Merger with Gillette 130

Design for America 141

Google Takeout 149

Chapter 4 Applying Strategic Leadership 159

Gaining Strategic Insight 160

Driving Strategic Change 164

Todd Connor and the Bunker 168

Chapter 5 Garnering Buy–in, Commitment, and Advocacy 179

Winning the Hearts of Your Followers 181

The YMCA of the USA 184

Engaging the Minds of Your Followers 192

The United States Coast Guard 193

Leveraging the Hands of Your Followers 201

The Heartland Angels 203

Chapter 6 Developing Strategic Leadership 211

Competencies of the Strategic Leader 213

Organization and Individual Development 237

GE s Crotonville 242

In Closing 247

Resources 249

Firming Up and Rounding Out Your Skills and Abilities 249

Notes 261

References 271

About the Authors 279

Index 281

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Aaron K. Olson
B. Keith Simerson
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