participants in the Stanford LEAD Program

Strategic Leadership

Why are some companies more competitive than others? To be successful, a manager must be able to diagnose the reasons behind successes and failures, and to be able to effectively improve performance in the future.

Course Introduction


This course helps managers learn to think strategically: how to identify opportunities and challenges, how to develop a viable course of action, how to formulate a strategy, and how to execute strategy so that their employees are guided and motivated to achieve success. Our goal in this course is to hone your strategic thinking skills so that this thought process becomes second nature.

Key Topics

  • Improving your strategic thinking skills: your ability to evaluate a company’s strategy
  • Enriching your ability to shape the context for strategic execution through the levers of organizational design and leadership
  • Strengthening your ability to lead through strategic change

Course Faculty

The Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Professor, and Professor of Organizational Behavior
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Marineh Lalikian
Director, Stanford LEAD Online Business Program Executive Education