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Quotes on Strategic Leadership

If there is one thing that leadership around the world is lacking, it is the understanding and execution of strategic leadership. From those in politics, business, entrepreneurs and more, leading will little impact without strategic leadership.

We have quotes that will help you understand this concept of strategic leadership.

  1. “After a business implements a strategy, competitors will react, and the firm’s strategy will need to adapt to meet the new challenges. There is no stopping point and no final battle. The competitive cycle continues on perpetually. Produce and compete or perish” —Thomas Timings Holmes
  2. “Budgets are like oil tankers – they need time to change course. You don’t want to be left standing on the deck of your oil tanker, watching all the opportunities pass you by unable to stop and turn to chase after them.”
  3. Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction”—Albert Einstein
  4. “Strategy Execution is all about realizing the full potential of your strategy – and not limiting yourself to only 50, 60 or 70 percent”
  5. “The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them” —Denis Watley
  6. “We tend to think that, in a traditional organization, people are producing results because management wants results, but the essence of a high-quality organization is people producing results because they want the results. It’s puzzling we find that hard to understand, that if people are really enjoying, they’ll innovate, they’ll take risks, they’ll have trust with one another because they are really committed to what they’re doing and it’s fun” —Peter Senge
  7. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”   —Jack Welch
  8. “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.”   —Peter Drucker
  9. “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”  —Sun Tzu
  10. “Execution is a specific set of behaviors and techniques that companies need to master in order to have competitive advantage. It’s a discipline of its own.”    —Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy, Execution
  11. What Africa lacks is not lack of resources or talent but the lack of strategic leadership.”
    ― Oscar Bimpong
  12. “Someone once told me that, when your operations are not good, you should not talk strategy,” says Iyer. “Fair enough. But the opposite is also true. If operations are good, then you must talk strategy.”
    ― Martha Heller, Be the Business: CIOs in the New Eras of IT
  13. “In all spheres of life, there are constraints. You have to develop your own strategy to overcome each constraint.”
    ― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!
  14. “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage” —Jack Welch
  15. “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage” —Jack Welch
  16. “Like a human being, a company has to have an internal communication mechanism, a ‘nervous system’, to coordinate its actions” —Bill Gates, co-founder Microsoft
  17. “The result of bad communication is a disconnection between strategy and execution” —Chuck Martin, former Vice President IBM
  18. “Execution is a specific set of behaviors and techniques that companies need to master in order to have competitive advantage. It’s a discipline of its own” —Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy, Execution
  19. Strategy is a pattern in a stream of decisions” —Henry Mintzberg
  20. “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.”  —Michael Porter
  21. “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” —Sun Tsu, Ancient Chinese Military strategist
  22. “Strategy Execution is the responsibility that makes or breaks executives” —Alan Branche and Sam Bodley-Scott, Implementation
  23. “Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite” —Robert Half
  24. There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all” —Peter Drucker
  25. “You’ve got to eat while you dream. You’ve got to deliver on short-range commitments, while you develop a long-range strategy and vision and implement it. The success of doing both. Walking and chewing gum if you will.”   —Jack Welch
  26. “It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” —Henry David Thoreau
  27. “Strategy execution is the responsibility that makes or breaks executives.”

—Alan Branche and Sam Bodley-Scott, Implementation

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