Here are some Strategic Thinking Skills that all Leaders must possess, if they are to be successful at forging a strategy for their organization to succeed !!!
from Buzzle.com 11/10 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz
Take Criticism. One of the most important abilities of strategic thinkers, is the ability to take criticism. Not all problem-solving decisions will be perfect and there are bound to be detractors & critics at every turn. The ability to take this criticism positively and transform it into performance is something only the most gifted thinkers & leaders are capable of.
Monitor & Review your Progress. One of the most critical skills, is to review results & performances on a regular basis, then correct any channel that is going off path. The leader should have the skill to coordinate the different processes, make them work in parallel with each other, and should also be able to motivate someone who is going wrong. Here are some sample models of strategic planning.
Make Corrections. Often the pride of a leader can get in the way, and a refusal to acknowledge mistakes can be detrimental. If a strategic thinker makes a mistake, the losses can run in millions, but the ability to spot the mistake early and then correct it, is a skill that needs to be focused on intensely, making it one of the most important steps in the strategic planning process. Leaders who are stubborn and do not acknowledge their mistakes do not last long.
Set clear Milestones. The best way to judge performance & growth is to lay down clear milestones that need to be met. Such skills are not just about showing people the right way, it is also about guiding them along the way, checking their progress from time to time & putting them on the right path, if they falter. Strategic planning for small & large business organizations can be achieved by setting clear targets & goals, so that people know what is expected of them. This makes them more driven.
Get the whole Team involved. The only way any business organization can be successful is if all the cogs in the machine work together in harmony. It is the responsibility of strategic thinkers to ensure that these people understand the importance of strategy, and treat it like their own plan. Encouraging & motivating employees well, is one of the leadership qualities that every leader must possess, and this is one of the foremost strategy-related skills that should be focused on.
The ability to Think “Out of the Box” is also something that leaders & strategic thinkers need to have, and this will help them in the long run. Strategic thinking will help a leader & an organization achieve all their goals & aspirations. This makes all the difference in the highly competitive world.
Comments: Is there any factors of Strategic Thinking you could add?