Chapter 4

Strategic Planning: A Leadership Imperative

Leonard D. Goodstein

In This Chapter

  • Why strategic planning is an imperative leadership competence.
  • A facilitated approach to strategic planning.
  • The leadership competencies required for strategic planning.


Long ago, Peter Drucker (1974) insisted that the two most important tasks leaders needed to perform were to establish a strategic plan and to select managers to execute that plan. (I would amend Drucker’s prescription to include a third requirement: that leaders need to accept personal responsibility for implementing the plan, for leading the charge to the organization’s ...

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