What is Tactical Leadership?
Before we can get tactical, a good leader needs purpose and strategic intentions. The mistake I see so frequently in leadership is that people don’t navigate support in alignment with the mission of the organization, OR they are so focused on the day-to-day that they don’t get intentional about moving an organization or department FORWARD. In this short article, we'll talk about tactical leadership and how Shattered Glass Leadership and Dr. Kristine can help you grow in your leadership practice.
Being tactical means that you understand the purpose and mission of your team, department or even family; you have CLEAR goals that are aligned to your mission and then EVERYONE knows how their role fits! When people know how their role fits - they don’t need someone over their shoulder, they can innovate, plan, manage their time and even FAIL FORWARD!
Position and title aren’t necessary to be a good leader, you’ll find that each of us plays leadership roles in different parts of our lives.
Phil Owens, a corporate behaviorist, said,
"Leadership is about more than just managing human resources. If you want to be successful at leading others, you have to first master the art of leading yourself."
Tactical leadership and you
When I talk about tactical leadership, I start with YOU and YOUR mission; ponder what your life might look like 10 or 20 years down the road! If you are aligned with your purpose and your goals are clear, you’ll find it’s easier to communicate with the people that support you. When you know what YOU want to accomplish, and why, you can communicate purpose and values to those you lead, so they embrace team goals.
The desire for significance in life is universal and critical to achieving your goals over the long term. Defining what brings significance to your life will help you focus on ways you can achieve your life purpose. It will drive many decisions so that you stay true to yourself and people see you authentically. Once you understand your mission, you can set goals. Those goals may be around a side-hustle, a family trip, or creating a lifestyle. It all comes down to living your life with meaning. These rules apply as much to your personal life as they do to your professional life.
Become a tactical leader in ten steps
Consider joining my Tactical Leadership for Today course if you need direction on getting intentional, getting inspired and removing roadblocks.
Here's the rundown of the lessons you'll be seeing inside the course. The lessons are short and actionable, they shouldn't take you longer than 30 min to finish. The best part is, though, that those 30 min will change the way you see your leadership. It'll open your eyes to new possibilities.
When you finish the ten lessons, you can always do them again! The idea here is that you gain the knowledge to be tactical every time. This course is a foundation for the rest of your life.
- Lesson 1 - Clarifying Your Personal Mission
- Lesson 2 - Crafting Goals
- Lesson 3 - Identifying Your Personal Roadblocks
- Lesson 4 - Determine Your Personal ONE Thing
- Lesson 5 - Create a Personal Action Plan
- Lesson 6 - Clarify Your Team Mission
- Lesson 7 - Identify Your Team Goals
- Lesson 8 - Determine Your Team One Thing
- Lesson 9 - Identify Current Team Roadblocks
- Lesson 10 - Create a Team Action Plan
Here's a sneak peek: