Doctoral Project Abstract
Robert Steven Ward
In a rapidly changing world, leaders face incredible pressure to deliver results. Strategic leaders empower other leaders to take responsibility for the future as well as for what is happening today. African leaders must develop skills that will equip them to gain a better understanding of their present business conditions, the environment, and the leading indicators that identify new trends and situations that may arise. In the African context, society in general is addicted to 'quick fixes' and 'short term' thinking. Strategic leaders embrace unparalleled opportunities. Strategic leaders should embrace godly traits, a cam noollective vision and direction, the purpose for growth and the context for success of their church/organization. The strategy and its objectives shape the decision making of the church/organization, whereas implementation is through the basic organization (structure, incentives) that make things happen. Strategy commences with ideation (to form an idea), vision and nature. The ideation imperative comprises of identity, purpose and long-range identity. The vision imperative comprises of strategy, goals and metrics. The nature imperative comprises of structure, culture and strategy. To reap the full magnitude of strategic benefits for a church/organization, there must be feedback from the operations to the strategic planners regarding ongoing results of all the projects and programs in the portfolio. Feedback serves as a perpetual monitor of the church/organization's performance in bringing strategy to life. Developing strategic leaders includes finding the correct leadership model that will fit the church/organization and its environment. It also involves the development of values, ethics, codes, morals, faith, hope and standards. Strategic leaders face the challenges of the 21st Century and have a clearly defined succession plan for the future.
Finally, as Col. W. Michael Guillot (2003) states, "…one may define strategic leadership as the ability of an experienced senior leader who has the wisdom and vision to create and execute plans and make consequential decisions in the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous strategic environment."