Summary of Winning the Long Game

How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future

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Winning the Long Game book summary
To “play the long game,” strategic leaders must transcend short-term challenges and envision long-term outcomes.


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Most quality leaders can execute well enough during stable times. However, during VUCA periods of “volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity,” a passable strategy quickly turns out to be futile. Such time spans demand enlightened, “strategic leadership.” Management consultants Steven Krupp and Paul J.H. Schoemaker define strategic leadership and explain how ordinary leaders can become extraordinary and strategic. The authors outline six clear, practical capabilities leaders need and explain how to develop those skills so you can “play the long game.” getAbstract recommends their insightful guidebook to leaders at all levels.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What components add up to “strategic leadership,”
  • Which six core capabilities define strategic leaders and
  • How to develop these capabilities.


“Strategic Leadership”
Developing sustainable value on a long-term basis is a major challenge for the leaders of any company. For many executives, this goal can seem less pressing than staying on top of the demands of daily management. Peter Drucker encapsulated this basic dichotomy when...
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About the Authors

Steve Krupp is CEO of Decision Strategies International, a consultancy which executive chairman Paul J.H. Schoemaker, founded. Schoemaker’s books include Decision Traps and Winning Decisions, and he’s also research director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School. Krupp’s work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Harvard Management Update and Chief Learning Officer Magazine.

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