LSA Global Insights Newsletter: The Characteristics of Strategic Clarity

September 30, 2017

The Characteristics of Strategic Clarity

Graphic of a man in a balloon basket with a light bulb of strategic clarity carrying him above the clouds

Strategic clarity accounts for 31% of the difference between high and low performing leaders.
What Strategic Clarity Looks Like
When leaders create strategic clarity, their teams clearly understand the strategy, have no doubt that leadership is fully committed to it, and believe the strategy is being implemented successfully across the entire organization.

The Big Picture and Golden Thread
As a leader, you know you are on the right track in terms of strategic clarity when employees:
  • Can clearly articulate the company's business strategy - the what, the how and the why = The Big Picture
  • Understand how their work and the work of their team directly contribute to company, team and individual success = The Golden Thread
The Details - Strategy Execution
As a leader, you will know you are on the right track in terms of strategic implementation when each and every team:
  • Agrees with the strategic priorities.
  • Sees a high degree of strategic relevance with what you are trying to do and how you are going to do it.
  • Consistently commits to the strategic priorities. 
  • Feels control and influence over their strategic plans. 
  • Understands which strategic objectives are mandated and where there is wiggle room. 
  • Has an avenue to discuss potentially important areas to their department that have not been included.
  • Perceives little to no conflict with their department's goals or metrics.
  • Thinks that the strategy and the team are up to the challenge of the objectives. 
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