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Coaching high-potential managers and directors to become senior leaders can involve changing some fundamental behaviors that have made them successful in their current role.
When you’ve been rewarded on the basis of your tactical skills, and have executed well by sweating the details, then adopting a broader, more strategic approach might require an uncomfortable mind-shift.
So, how do we, as coaches, help these new leaders shift from a tactical to a more strategic mindset?
Like most behavior change, it begins with looking inward; gaining awareness of your natural tendencies, and ways you interact with others. Armed with that self-awareness, you can self-manage with more focus and determination.
Acquiring a big-picture mentality – keeping those broad strategic imperatives and company aspirations front and center – allows new leaders to guide their activities, communication and leadership approaches more efficiently.
To use a military analogy, “There is the hill we’re being asked to take. Let’s shape the best plan possible to take it in the most efficient and effective way possible.”
Once you’re clear on the company’s broad aspirations and concrete goals, you can then begin to ask other strategy-related questions. Here are a few examples:
Developing a strategic mindset requires taking the time to gather solid data that supports the business case.
Once the plan is determined and the strategy statement is written, you can focus on writing a succinct, impactful and memorable tagline that communicates precisely how the strategy sets you apart from everyone else. That becomes your unique selling proposition…the rally cry that brings all of your resources to bear…that helps direct everyone’s energy toward a successful campaign.
Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection provided biology and the sciences a compelling way to understand how organisms evolve, extinguish, and grow – all as a function of developing the right combination of characteristics that are most adaptive and functional for a given environment. This is Survival of the Fittest.
Leadership is about more than just skills. It's about how you choose to show up in front of others. And how you show up as a leader determines whether you will deliver value to the people around you. As we start a new year, here is a useful checklist, written by Jeff Boss from Entrepreneur, to help you choose to show up more fully in your leadership and make your choices count in 2015. Click here for the original article.