Strategic thinkers understand and dig deeper when analyzing processes, developing and applying performance metrics, collecting data and producing analytics for better decision-making. They challenge the involved to consider answers for important questions.
In a study conducted by Harvard Bussiness Review, a 97% of the 10,000 senior executives selected, chose strategy as the most critical leadership behavior to their organizations' future success. Achievement is open to strategic thinkers. These are the seven traces that define them all.
Whether you're starting a business, writing a book, playing a sport, or negotiating a salary increase with your boss, a strategy is essential. Without one, what exactly are you doing? Most people are not strategic. They are reactive. A critic of the inventor John DeLorean described the leadership style which sunk that company as "chasing colored balloons."
To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people. Your title alone isn't always enough to sway others, nor do you always have a formal position. So, what's the best way to position yourself as an informal leader? How do you motivate colleagues to support your initiatives and adopt your ideas?
Work on cultivating personal connections with your colleagues, and allow them to get to know you.
You don’t have to be “the greatest person in the room” or make sure “everyone is blown away by your charisma.” You just need to have good rapport with your colleagues. That way, they won’t impute negative intentions or motives to you.