Did you know that people who lead strategically resemble
fine-tuned machines? By focusing on their strategies,
leaders see a bigger picture, they understand the reasons
why and recognize the worthiness of elusive opportunities.
Effective leaders make strategic use of and add value to
every challenge in four important ways:
1) Thinking through the lessons to be learned in each
2) Leveraging the available sources, imports and exports of
3) Boosting weak, diffused signals and messages of meaning;
4) Sharpening the leading edge of innovative efforts -
What are these attributes of strategic leaders? Let's
describe those functions by comparing them with common
=> Engine - converting one energy source into a greater or
more focused source of energy;
=> Pump - concentrating and directing a source of energy in
such a way as to provide a focal point for the user of that
=> Processor - manipulation of energy in such a way as to
make a value, logic or null based decision to channel that
original energy source;
=> Channel - a directing of or being a conduit for energy
without adding or enhancing that energy source in any
=> Amplifier - the expansion of energy by using methods of
analysis in such a way so as to increase or strengthen the
original energy source;
=> Filter - maintaining smooth, stable, unpolluted flows of
energy through the cleansing, clarifying process of open
and honest communications
=> Catalyst - that which encourages and facilitates speedy,
significant course changes or positive actions
=> Transformer - the conversion of energy into another form
so as to increase or enhance the magnitude of the original
=> Synthesizer - combining or composing the elements of an
energy source in such a way as to create a new or greater
whole form of energy;
=> Carburetor - mixing or combining a supply of energy in
such a way as to facilitate a more powerful or effective
use of that energy source.
Making skilled use of leadership in these suggested roles
could improve, energize and empower the success of your
strategic planning process. By being mechanical you could
become an instrument which enables energy flows.
Remember energy can not be created and it can not be
destroyed. However, energy can be re-directed, converted
into new forms or released into the environment and become
another form of energy.
You could also think of using these mechanical processes to
develop, train and nurture the leadership behaviors, skills
and competencies of your people.
"Dreams grow holy put in action;
work grows fair through starry dreaming,
But where each flows on unmingling,
both are fruitless and in vain."
- Adelaide Anne Procter
Are you using your planning process to energize and
electrify the commitment of your people to imaginatively
exploit the opportunities of change? Leaders help transform
dreams into holy action and energizing, empowering work
Be that strategic leader who empowers others to be proud of
and enjoy the fruits of their labors!
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About the Author:
Bill Thomas teaches leadership techniques using strategic,
innovative, evolutionary-focused concepts - his 2-Volume,
how-to Manual, "Strategic Organizational Leadership: Create
& Deliver Fail-Proof, Breakthrough Plans", uses an
energizing process of group development to produce value
empowered results! "See it, Plan it, Lead it, Improve it!"