Neither strategy nor leadership, on its own, is sufficient to bring success to a business, Harbir Singh and Michael Useem argue in The European Business Review. They must be integrated as strategic leadership, using a particular skillset for which the authors present a learning roadmap.
Drawing from their book, The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap, Singh and Useem’s article emphasises that today’s pressures and rapid changes require managers who think strategically and at the same time inspire their workforce. Ford’s Alan Mulally, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Google’s Sundar Pichai are held up as examples of leaders who do just that.
Nissan’s turnaround – a case in point