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Strategic leadership competencies: what is it and how to develop it?

Zumalia Norzailan (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala, Lumpur Campus, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Rozhan B. Othman (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala, Lumpur Campus, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Hiroyuki Ishizaki (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala, Lumpur Campus, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 3 October 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the nature of strategic leader competencies and the learning methodologies that should be used to develop them.

Design/methodology/approach

A review of the literature on strategizing was done to formulate a model of strategic leadership competencies. This paper also draws from various work on learning to propose how strategic leadership competencies program should be designed.

Findings

The literature highlights the importance of incorporating deliberate practice, experience density, reflective learning and mentoring into strategic leadership development programs.

Research limitations/implications

This is a conceptual work that draws from secondary material. Further empirical examination can help validate the ideas proposed here.

Practical implications

This paper provides a better understanding of how developing strategic leadership competencies are distinct from other leadership programs. It also provides practitioners with an understanding on how to design their strategic leadership development programs.

Originality/value

This paper adds a new dimension to the discourse on strategic leadership development programs by bringing together learning theories from sports education and managerial learning.

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Citation

Norzailan, Z., Othman, R.B. and Ishizaki, H. (2016), "Strategic leadership competencies: what is it and how to develop it?", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 48 No. 8, pp. 394-399. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-04-2016-0020

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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