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Question:
Are strategic leaders more concerned with long-term issues?

Answer:
Although strategic leaders may focus more on long-term issues and goals that support the organization’s vision, they also need to be concerned with short-term issues. Many short-term issues need to be resolved in order for an organization to reach its long-term goals. It is a strategic leader’s responsibility to recognize this and balance organizational priorities.

Question:
As a leader, how important is it to consider future needs when managing current resources?

Answer:
You should always consider future needs while managing current resources. Otherwise your efforts to reach those long-term goals will be futile. It is important to position people and resources now in order to accomplish long-term goals in the future. Learn more about strategic planning and resource management from the resources listed.

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How can a leader get his/her team to put organizational goals above personal needs?

Answer:
Getting group members to put organizational goals above personal needs depends on how cohesive the team is, how competent the team is, and on how essential team members see their efforts are in meeting organizational goals. Build a rapport with group members, implement procedures that will develop them as a cohesive team, and train them to a level of competence that together instills a strong sense of commitment to the organization and its leaders.

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How do strategic leaders achieve organizational goals when there are competing demands on his/her time and the organization’s resources?

Answer:
Strategic leaders need to establish priorities from competing demands on his/her time and the organization’s resources. They also need to use effective interpersonal skills to communicate their decisions to organizational members so they understand how they arrived at these decisions.

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How do strategic leaders collaborate with other organizations with which they have an alliance?

Answer:
There are a number of things strategic leaders do to collaborate with other organizations with which they have an alliance. One of the most important things they do is develop an effective means to communicate with their partners. In order for organizations to benefit from such alliances, it is important for them to share information related to their common goals. Strategic leaders seek and share information that may influence planning and decision making when synchronizing the interest of multiple organizations. They often have to negotiate decisions that affect multiple organizations and develop courses of action to meet mutual goals. One of the key focuses of organizational alliances is to grow individually through their combined strengths. This requires communication and solidarity.

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How do strategic leaders establish long-term goals?

Answer:
The organization’s vision provides the framework for establishing long-term goals and core values. In simple terms, strategic leaders identify factors that are crucial to the organization’s vision. They use this information to establish the long-term goals that will advance and improve an organization.

Question:
How important is it for a new leader to introduce changes to an organization?

Answer:
When a new leader joins an organization, it is only natural for the leader to want to impart his/her own knowledge, experience, and style to the organization. However, the new leader should develop an understanding for the existing philosophy of the group before setting goals or developing plans for change. The new leader should evaluate existing policies and operations to identify what works and what does not work. Encourage group members to share their ideas and suggestions. Find out what problems or issues currently exist and work on resolving them first. Note that the timeline for introducing change in an organization depends on the organization’s effectiveness. If the new leader joins the organization during a crisis situation, he/she may need to shorten the time of evaluating the existing situation and react more quickly with a plan for change in order to put the organization back on track.

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How should a leader manage uncertain and ambiguous situations?

Answer:
How to deal with uncertain and ambiguous situations is difficult and requires more than just a simple answer. However, a few commonalities regarding the way effective leaders tend to manage uncertainty include: embracing it with confidence that fosters commitment from other members of the organization; employing effective communication practices that allow others to feel informed and included; establishing clear goals and priorities to help with decision-making; and often taking certain risks by trusting their own judgment and experience. Learn more about effective leadership skills from some of the references listed.

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What are some benefits an individual can expect from having a mentor?

Answer:
Mentors generally are individuals who have more knowledge and/or experience in a particular subject area than you do. If you are new to an organization, a mentor can help you adapt more quickly to your new workplace. He/she can familiarize you with the corporate culture and help you develop skills and abilities to enhance your personal and professional experience in the organization. Mentors provide support, direction, insight, and advice to build your confidence and self-esteem. The experience should be positive and enriching, enabling you to take on new challenges or assume positions of greater responsibility – whether it be a corporate, youth, educational, or other type of mentoring program. Learn more about mentoring programs through the resources provided or directly from organizations offering mentoring programs.

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What are some key things that a leader needs to do in order to get his/her organization to reach certain goals?

Answer:
Most resources on this subject emphasize that leaders should establish a rapport with group members by fostering cohesion, cooperation, and communication among the members of their organization. Leaders need to clearly communicate the organization's purpose or mission, and explain the method for achieving the goal and desired results to the members of the organization – individually and/or collectively. Tasks should be identified and clearly defined to those members responsible for carrying them out. Leaders should provide the tools and sufficient resources necessary for the group to reach a goal. Additionally, leaders should provide effective motivation to group members to encourage them to accomplish the necessary tasks and recognize their achievements along the way. Note that there are a number of resources on this subject and variations on effective leadership skills. Check with some of the references listed here for more information.
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