Strategic Leadership Skills


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Strategic leadership basically means using strategy in the management of workers. The main strategy usually employed is to motivate workers to take the initiative to improve their productive input into the company. Strategy involves thinking and planning, while leadership inspires others to take the appropriate action. This management model trains and encourages employees to best prepare the company for the future.

Most leaders experience frustration and discouragement when trying to get their team to move in the right direction at the right time. This course will encourage you to ‘think outside the box’ and overcome management challenges; e.g. communication, delegation, understanding the needs of different personalities, motivating your people to succeed, exercising authority, managing time effectively, solving problems and making proactive decisions, and working with difficult people.

Leaders who are strategic are always looking ahead and analyzing the present in terms of preparation for what may come. Awareness is a big part of this leadership style, but it must be followed up with well thought out action plan. Strategic leaders are adaptable and growth-oriented. They take responsibility for getting things done by training employees to think and act more effectively to achieve the best result possible for the company.

Productivity is a main goal of strategic leadership. It’s not about merely increasing the amount of work done, however, but strategic productivity or working harder for reasons best for the company. Although the strategic style of leadership always keeps the best interests of the business in mind, it’s also appreciative of employees’ unique talents and efforts.

You will return to your job focused and confident in your ability to be the effective leader your team needs to make your company a success.


  • Understand the core competencies of an effective leader.
  • Understand the relationship between a manager and a leader.
  • Establish how to be a manager, a leader, and a decision-maker.
  • Identify why leaders fail and how they succeed.
  • Enhance your communication skills.
  • Understand the importance of communication within the organisation.
  • How to manage time more effectively for the best results.
  • Learn how to deal with stressful situations; ‘managing stress’ or is ‘stress managing you’?
  • How to monitor staff and be more assertive.
  • Enhance your planning and organisation skills.
  • Understand the importance of delegation and feedback.
  • Learn how to effectively motivate staff.


Below is an example of the course content. The content can be ‘tailored’ to meet the exact requirements of the client. For more information please contact us.

Leadership Fundamentals
  • Differences between being the leader and ‘being the boss’.
  • The challenges facing leadership today.
  • The emotional requirements of being a leader.
  • Most common mistakes new managers make and how to avoid them.
  • Establishing confidence and trust with employees.
  • Understanding the influence of leadership styles on employee behaviour.
  • Dealing with different personalities.
  • Using ‘common sense’ motivating factors.
Developing Leadership Strengths
  • Why your ‘people skills’ will be the No. 1 driver of your success as a leader.
  • How to establish your credibility as a leader.
  • Creating a team vision.
  • Understanding how your leadership style can work for or against your employees.
  • Making employees accountable and responsible.
Strategic Leadership
  • Concept
  • Key elements of strategic management
  • Strategy
  • Key questions
  • Business objectives
  • Best way to achieve objectives
  • Resources required
  • The 3 perspectives
  • Traditional
  • Resource based
  • Stakeholder
  • The mission statement
  • Vision Statement
Strategic Leadership, Thinking & Planning
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Strategic thinking
  • Strategic planning
  • Understanding the logic
  • Analysis
  • Planning re-adjustments
  • Strategic plan
  • Strategic Management
  • Goals for the business
  • Other Factors
  • Company culture
  • Technology
  • Skill set
  • Geography
  • Size
  • Empowerment
  • Planning tools / methods and techniques
  • Task, Team and Individual
  • Defining objectives
  • Gathering Information, analysis what needs to be done
  • Planning tools methods and systems
  • Consider options, resources, time scales, standards
  • Priority setting
  • How to decide Priorities
  • Methods
  • Practical application of methods
Understanding Time
  • Identify good time management.
  • Benefits of managing your time more effectively.
  • Analysis of most common time theft and loss.
  • How well do you manage your time?
  • Barriers to time management.
  • How to overcome the barriers to time management.
  • Investigate the correlation between personality types and work style.
  • Managing the time of others.
Dealing with Stress
  • What is stress?
  • Spotting the symptoms of stress
  • Identify the sources of stress at work.
  • Managing the ‘daily’ hassles.
  • Planning to deal with your own stress.
  • Your thoughts and responses to stress.
Planning and Organising
  • Definition of planning and organising.
  • Applications of planning and organising.
  • Symptoms of bad planning and organising.
  • Benefits of good planning and organising.
  • Self-management and discipline.
  • Know how to plan, schedule, prioritise and execute activities.
Monitoring Staff
  • Conquer the causes of procrastination.
  • Saying “no” more assertively and effectively.
  • How to do the important items and let others go.
  • Give effective feedback to change behaviour and improve performance.
  • Helping employees manage their priorities.
  • Perform goal setting and action planning with employees.
  • Techniques for becoming more effective in delegation.
  • The delegation process.
  • Effective delegation skills.
  • Knowing when and how to delegate.
  • Why failing to delegate is a common mistake often made by managers.
  • Are we motivated?
  • Different types of motivation.
  • Theories of motivation; which ones work in your organisation?
  • Positive motivation.
  • Motivation versus de-motivation.
  • Reasons for communication.
  • Poor versus good communication.
  • The barriers to communication and overcoming these barriers.
  • Communicating within your organisation.
  • The use of body language and tone of voice.
  • The definition of assertiveness.
  • What assertiveness is NOT!
  • The importance of assertiveness.
  • How to be assertive.
Problem Solving and Decision-Making
  • Skills and qualities of a problem solver.
  • The power of positive thinking.
  • Planning and control.
  • How to achieve results.
  • How to manage conflict.
  • The importance of feedback.
  • Giving and receiving feedback.
  • Supportive and corrective feedback.
  • Utilising feedback to modify employee behaviour.
  • Providing ‘constructive’ criticism.
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