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Developing strategy

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.(William Shakespeare)

DOES THE WORD ‘STRATEGY’ EXCITE YOU, perhaps reminding you of many fruitful, creative and game-changing sessions you’ve had with your team or department? Or does it make you want to yawn and head for the first exit, so you can get on with something much more fun and purposeful?

Whatever your inclination, as a successful leader you will want to ensure that strategic thinking happens effectively in your team.

We have described the key elements of great leadership (in Chapter 4), drawn from recent research:

  1. the ability to think strategically, to create a clear and compelling vision of the future;
  2. the ability to communicate that vision ...

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