Strategic Leadership

How do you build a sustainably successful organization? Why are some organizations more competitive than others? To be successful, a leader must be able to diagnose the reasons behind success and failure and be able to effectively improve performance in the future.

Course Introduction


This course helps you learn to think strategically: how to identify opportunities and challenges, how to develop a viable course of action, and how to execute strategy so that your team is 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. 

Great leaders deliver results, for their teams and for their organizations. An effective leader therefore has to understand why an organization succeeds or fails, identify solutions, and create an environment in which others can contribute to its success. No matter what your role in the organization, you will benefit from understanding its logic of success, and from being able to lead positive changes in its performance.

Key Topics

  • Improving your strategic thinking skills: your ability to diagnose and evaluate an organization’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

Jesper B. Sørensen

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