Title

Leadership, Top to Bottom

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2011

Originally Published In

Leadership Excellence Essentials; Aurora

Volume Number

28

Issue Number

6

Page Numbers

17-

Abstract

To thrive in good times -- and survive and prosper in lean times -- an organization must have a smart, responsive, and capable human-capital base. Skill-based strategizing is a way of looking at the classic strategic notion of fit between internal resources and external opportunities. It starts with the idea that inside-out thinking is more effective than outside-in thinking. To succeed at implementing effective skill-based strategies, leaders need a strong entrepreneurial orientation and a strong, hands-on commitment toward building a diffuse, systemic leadership culture. With systemic leadership processes and development in place, leaders can continually evaluate the efficacy of the "hedgehog" concept or core-alignment orientation and adjust their strategies and tactics as needed.