CHAPTER 7

Visioning, Environmental Scanning, and Futuring for Strategic Leaders

COL James Oman, U.S. Army, and COL Mark Eshelman, U.S. Army

Leaders operating at the strategic level must be adept in accomplishing a wide range of tasks that include providing vision, environmental scanning and futuring, shaping organizational culture, developing cultural competency, learning how to negotiate differences, and leading change.1 Skillful practice of these tasks is necessary in order to successfully lead large, complex organizations.

Although there are many strategic leadership competencies, arguably one of the more difficult, yet extremely critical strategic leader skills is that of creating and implementing an organizational vision. The topic of visioning ...

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