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What is the link between strategic management and leadership?

krisaman - Member Since: Jun 2011
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Strategic management is one of the various qualities of Leadership
Strategic management is one of the various qualities of Leadership where by the leader improves the organisational performance by having Vision (Goals to achieve), devising Mission (method), formulating Objectives and strategies to implement them and lastly analysing the results whether the Goal has been reached to refine the strategies.

sambasi - Member Since: Aug 2008
I am reproducing the Story which I had posted sometime back.Perhaps this gives the linkage between strategic management and leadership.

Once upon a time there was a grasshopper, who was one of the best hoppers in the land. She began teaching other grasshoppers how to hop.

One day set met an eagle. She wanted to teach the eagle how to hop. But he just said, "There is no need." She kept trying, but the eagle politely refused. The grasshopper was very angry and cursed the eagle that it would never learn hopping.

Now the eagle began hopping. The grasshopper was surprised.

The grasshopper asked the eagle. "How is it that you know how to hop and yet you talk of flying?

"Hopping is useful, but when you can fly, it is no longer necessary" said the eagle.

The grasshoppers asked, "What's it like to fly?"

“Come on! I will take you to show what is like flying.” said the eagle.

The eagle gently took the grasshopper in his claw. With a few beats of his wings they were up in the sky. Circling overhead, the grasshopper could see the mountains, rivers and ocean, far beyond the familiar grass fields.

The eagle was telling, "When I fly, I watch everything as it happens without any effort on my part. Most importantly I have exceptional ability to focus on prey from great heights. I can foresee any imminent danger like storm or cyclone, whenever there is a slightest turbulence in the sky”.

Careful not to go too high, the eagle soon returned the grasshopper to the ground. The grasshopper understood what the eagle was trying to tell.
With all limitations, the grasshopper is now learning to fly.

 You get bigger picture when you go up
 Look for potential opportunity at macro and micro level for change / improvement
 Beware of external changes and their impact to the organization.

devendra k shrivastava - Member Since: May 2011
mr sambasi.
the great explanation u provided, lets have some more- leadership relates to direction and vision towards an organization while the management to follow what leadership decides as strategy. management predominantly concerned to maintain status quo - to implement the rules n policies. whereas the role of leadership is as a catalyst. to find the new way of doing things.

in Corporate leadership n strategic management is imbibing to each other deeply, but their roles are complementing to each other.
thanks n regards,
Devendra

devendra k shrivastava - Member Since: May 2011
mr sambasi.
the great explanation u provided, lets have some more- leadership relates to direction and vision towards an organization while the management to follow what leadership decides as strategy. management predominantly concerned to maintain status quo - to implement the rules n policies. whereas the role of leadership is as a catalyst. to find the new way of doing things.

in Corporate leadership n strategic management is imbibing to each other deeply, but their roles are complementing to each other.
thanks n regards,
Devendra

Gaurav Sareen - Member Since: Sep 2010
Without getting into the management mumbo-jumbo, the fundamental difference between a leader and a manager (regardless of prefixes such as change, strategic, tactical, organisational etc) is this:

Who Calls Whom What?

Leaders never call themselves Leaders. Their People Always Do.

Managers Love to remind us they are a Manager. Their People Rarely Do

Why?

Because Managers are appointed to a position in an organisation. Leaders on the other hand, appoint themselves to leadership positions in Life!

And, lastly - Leadership Really Has No Title - It only has a Following!

I hope this helps.

Punya99 - Member Since: Mar 2009
Dear Sam,

There are a number of good explanations in the columns. Well to me, Leadership is a terminology with more scope...more of visionary sort of concept where...you tend to focus on the big picture...longer term and as to how a company or an organization should be taken in to the next century or next millennium for example..!!!

On the other hand...Strategic Management is long term, but not as...long as...a leader would think of his/her venture or the business. In today's strategic management in practice we plan may be for a few years...2..3 or 5 at max...as..in formulation of strategy.....volatility and dynamism of the business climate/environment “so to speak” would force to change the strategy faster.

On the contrary...leaders would think much longer term...envision what is to come...and lay broader guidelines within which the company/establishment would run and reach the destination...!!!

Thus the link between the two would be...that the strategic management is within the scope of leadership, which spells out the direction and envisions how you would see the scenario in the future and strategy is the vehicle that would take you there…!!!

RGDS

Punya99

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