Many young professionals have high ambitions for their career. They want monetary reward, recognition, and a challenging career path; they also want to make a meaningful contribution, through their work, to improving the world at large.
Even if they begin in a purely operational or transactional role, over time they see examples of people who have seized opportunities at a broader scale, and they want to do the same. They want to become strategic leaders.
Strategic leadership is the ability to handle complex problems for which there is no obvious short-term solution, in which the stakes are high, and in which influencing others is essential.
In our work with neuroscience and organizational research, we’ve found that some people become more skilled in this area over the course of their career.