“A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in him or herself, a leader is interested in the group.” -Russell H. Ewing

What is Strategic Leadership?

Strategic leadership requires more than delivering on the promised outcome: it means going above and beyond and inspiring others to do the same.

Evaluating Strategic Leadership

Just as a business must evaluate the effectiveness of its methods and ensure the proper resources are in place to reasonably move toward the strategic goal, an organization should also evaluate leadership on various levels. Every department, team, and individual should know what to do and how to go about doing this. Clear communication is essential and relies on strategic leadership to ensure the message gets across. If an important task falls between the cracks, a domino effect could cause delays in or failure of the entire strategic plan. Leaders should foresee potential problems and work to keep things running as smoothly as possible. When bumps in the road occur, as they undoubtedly will despite the best efforts and intentions, leaders create solutions and guide their teams through the steps needed to correct course.

What Makes a Leader?

While strategy lays out the how and why a business moves towards a specific goal, it takes a leader to see the plan through. Great leaders know how to do more than give orders: they give direction– direction that others follow because they believe in the ability and vision set out by the leader. Strong leadership inspires creativity, innovation, hard work, grit, and fortitude. When passion and fulfillment fuel your team, everyone puts forth their best effort, helping to overcome obstacles and reach new levels of success.

Chuck Hunter

uses three decades of strategic leadership knowledge and experience to offer key insights, direction, and strategy to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Titles and experiences include leading a publicly traded technology company as CEO, President of the Navy League in Texas, leading outdoor equipment company CamelBak through a period of 1000% growth, and founding Multivariable Solutions to help other businesses achieve new levels of success. His military background and experience in artistic fields grant Chuck the ability to observe both the technical and creative sides of any issue. Using this diverse background, he approaches a challenge from multiple angles to identify and implement tailored solutions sure to move the business forward.

Stacey McKibbin

brings a contagious sense of humor, passion, and drive to everything she does. Her diverse business background taught her firsthand to create innovative solutions that rise to the challenge of new and emerging problems. Her can-do attitude lets her tackle problems head on, coaching and leading clients through strategies from idea to completion. She lives by the philosophy that great leaders have great intentions not just for profits and gain, but in caring for their employees, too. How you reach your end goal matters as much, if not more, than the why. A great leader identifies and encourages the strengths of his or her followers and inspires passion and drive. When individuals are empowered, the business as a whole enjoys greater happiness and success.