Summary of Leading with Strategic Thinking

Four Ways Effective Leaders Gain Insight, Drive Change, and Get Results

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Leading with Strategic Thinking book summary
Strategic thinking is an indispensible business asset, but few businesspeople do it well.


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Business strategy experts Aaron K. Olson and B. Keith Simerson offer an A-to-Z primer on strategic thinking, why it matters, and how to develop and apply it. They dissect the necessary components of strategic leadership and detail four different types of leaders who excel at strategy. Their insights are especially valuable in the light of their concern that few business leaders understand strategic thinking and how to apply it in today’s fast-moving business world. getAbstract recommends their clear, practical guidance to leaders, advisers, consultants, academics and business students.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What strategic thinking entails
  • What strengths mark the four different kinds of strategic leaders
  • How to establish strategic leadership
  • How your company can apply the “strategic thinking self-audit.”


Strategic Thinking
Strategic thinking involves evaluating situations, identifying patterns and generating important business decisions. Many people believe that only senior executives should engage in strategic thinking, but, in fact, everyone in an organization must apply strategic thinking...
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About the Authors

Aaron K. Olson is chief talent officer at Aon plc, a risk management and human resources firm. B. Keith Simerson helps organizations develop and execute enterprisewide strategies.

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