Encouraging routine strategic thinking may be the most important thing you can do as a leader. It’s not an easy skill to teach or learn, because it is as much a mindset as a set of techniques – but it’s not impossible.
Consider these ways to cultivate strategic thinkers (since they often make the most highly effective leaders):
- Encourage people to ask “why” and “when.” Consistently asking these whenever a course of action is being considered enables people to fully understand the goal it aims to achieve and its impact.
- Have managers set aside time for strategic planning. Make it a regular part of their job, and connect them with mentors who excel at strategic thinking.
- Keep people informed on what is happening in your organization and in your industry. This will help elevate their thinking beyond the day-to-day.