Lots of people use the phrase “strategic leadership” very loosely. It gets thrown around in business like people put salt on food. For some, a strategic leader is the visionary, out front identifying the next big idea.
For others, a strategic leader is the architect of the competitive response, or even just the guy with the fanciest document or PowerPoint deck. Invariably, the assumption is that strategic leaders are near the top of the food chain - but what if this line of thinking is all short sighted?