Many articles, books and journals have been written about strategic leadership. They include rules, pointers, styles, and biographies of inspiring leaders that made world history. But there are certain strategic leadership ideas that we fail to recognize in the course of studying books. Below are five you thought you knew about strategic leadership.

1. Strategic leadership is applied with different styles:

There are different types of leaders and leadership styles and you will probably encounter more than one type in your lifetime. Formal leaders are those we elect into positions or offices such as the senators, congressmen and presidents of local clubs. Informal leaders or those we look up to by virtue of their wisdom and experience such as in the case of the elders of a tribe or our grandparents.

Other informal leaders are looked up to by virtue of their expertise and contribution on a given field such as Albert Einstein in the field of Theoretical Physics and Leonardo da Vinci in the field of the Arts. Both formal and informal leaders practice a combination of strategic leadership styles.

Lewin’s three basic leadership styles – authoritative, participative, and delegative

Likert’s four leadership styles – exploitive authoritative, benevolent authoritative, consultative, and participative

Goleman’s six emotional leadership styles – visionary, coaching, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting, and commanding.   

2. Strategic leadership is a process of becoming:

Although certain people seem to be born with leadership qualities, without the right environment and exposure, they may fail to develop their full potential. So like learning how to ride a bicycle, you can also learn how to become a leader and hone your leadership abilities. Knowledge on strategic leadership theories and skills may be formally gained by enrolling in leadership seminars, workshops, and conferences.

Daily interactions with people provide the opportunity to observe and practice leadership theories. Together, formal and informal learning will help you gain leadership attitudes, gain leadership insights, and thus furthering the cycle of learning. You do not become a leader in one day and just stop. Life long learning is important in becoming a good leader for each day brings new experiences that put your knowledge, skills, and attitude to a test.

Now that you are reminded of these things, keep in mind that there are always ideas that we think we already know, concepts we take for granted, but are actually the most useful insights on strategic leadership.

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