Abdikarim Ibrahim Abdow
PhD Student, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
P.O box 1106-70100,Garissa.
CITATION: Abdow, I. Abdikarim (2015). The Role of Strategic Leaders In Challenging Environment. European Journal of Business Management, 2 (1), 22-35.
The globalization has converted the world into a small global village; a village in which there is an ever high stream of contentions and competitions between organizations. In this scenario the most effective and beneficial maneuver for any organization is to create innovative ways in conducting business. This paper deals with the role of strategic leadership in a challenging environment. The leader as a person in charge or as a change agent can manage an organization or the process of organizational change more effectively and successfully if h/she is capable and competent. Rapid technological advancements, high expectations of customers, and ever changing market situations have compelled organizations to incessantly reassess and reevaluate how they work and to understand, adopt and implement changes in their business model in response of changing trends. Strategic leadership is a demand of the day, and needed for organizations to survive. Organizations now a days, well understand the importance of the matter, and are serious to prepare themselves not only the current, but also for the future trends to get the level of sustainable success, but Along with all of its implications and importance the process of strategic leadership is also very complex and challenging. Research shows that 70 percent of leaders fail to get their goals. As leadership has a central role in evolution and cultivating an organization, the process of organizational change demands a very effective and highly competent leadership that is well capable to perceive the most desirable shape of an organization and address the issue of environmental change in most appropriate way. The analysis of literature reviewed and the results of real life cases of organizations which are studied for this paper shows, that a leadership with the competencies of “Vision” and “Innovative Approach” along with other characteristics can prove more effective to conclude the complex phenomena of environmental change with success. Further the successful strategic leader can leads to innovation for organization, which is the key of long term success and sustainability.
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