2015 at LeadStrategic

2016-01-04

2015 was a good year at LeadStrategic.com! We saw a healthy increase in views (up 8%) and unique visitors (up 12%), and we’ve had a strong increase in the number of followers, reblogs, and comments. Below is a list of the five articles with the most views in 2015.

We look forward to a fantastic 2016. Please keep in touch to help us shape this strategic leadership dialogue.

The Most Important Stakeholders

Who are the most important stakeholders of your organization? When creating strategy and making decisions, whom do you consider first? The customers? The owners? What about the senior leadership team? Employees? How about vendors? Corporate social responsibility is a hot topic today – perhaps the community at large is most important. Which stakeholders are at the forefront of your mind as a leader? (Choosing “All of the above” is cheating.)

7 Ways To Influence Indirectly

You want to make a positive change. You attack the problem head-on, thinking you will solve it quickly but things get worse. You try harder but, instead of making progress, people get more resistant, the situation more tense, and the change more distant. So, you decide to give it everything you’ve got by confronting the resistance and forcing radical changes. The situation explodes in your face. Bad feelings, people taking sides, and the original goal of introducing a positive change now forgotten, you wonder, “What went wrong?”

Disruptive Leadership

One of the main responsibilities of leadership is creating change. It is not enough to respond to a changing environment (although, that is important, too). The most effective leaders actually create change in the organization and may even influence the environment as a result. One of the best contemporary examples of this is Steve Jobs’ ability to change Apple upon his 1996 return to the company and the resulting impact he and the company had on global culture.

Avoiding Core Rigidities

Do you know why your organization is good at what it does? What are the essential abilities that enable you to compete in your market? What is it that sets you apart from others and brings customers back? These are fundamental questions that every leader must be able to answer. Your ability to answer these questions with certainty drives your ability to adapt and address new challenges…but not for the reason you are thinking. Most people think these core capabilities must be leveraged for change. Perhaps, but the more important issue is that you need to know your core capabilities so that they do not become core rigidities.

The Most Important Aspect of Leadership

Ask the question, “What is leadership?” and you will get many answers: moving people toward a goal; helping others see the future; organizing people and resources for a common cause; bringing a picture of the future into view; and so on. Each of these responses is correct, yet each is also different. Nevertheless, they all have a common perspective. They all look from the leader outward—toward the organization, toward people, toward resources, and toward the future. Another thing all the answers have in common is that they all overlook the most important aspect of leadership! The most important aspect of leadership is self-leadership. The perspective of self-leadership is looking inward.

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Photo by Kimson Doan. Photo available at Unsplash under CC0 license. Image modified for size and space.

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