Build your ladder
What are you doing today that's holding you back from a strategic leadership role?
Do you have a vision for yourself as a leader?
Do other leaders see you as strategic?
Are you executing and making decisions in order to win?
On the jungle floor
Stephen R. Covey famously explained strategic leadership via the metaphor of jungle producers clearing land:
Envision a group of producers cutting their way through the jungle with machetes. They’re the producers, the problem solvers. They’re cutting through the undergrowth, clearing it out. The managers are behind them, sharpening their machetes, writing policy and procedure manuals, holding muscle development programs, bringing in improved technologies, and setting up working schedules and compensation programs for machete wielders. The leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, “Wrong jungle!” But how do the busy, efficient producers and managers often respond? “Shut up! We’re making progress.”