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The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap

6 Steps for Integrating Leadership and Strategy

Harbir Singh and Michael Useem

“We can all become strategic leaders if we stay on the right path.”
—Harbir Singh & Michael Useem

Even a strong leader can flounder without an effective strategy, and the most powerful strategy can fail without the right leader. Only those who master and integrate both skills can effectively navigate the challenges that lay ahead for today’s organizations.

The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap, by Wharton management professors Harbir Singh and Michael Useem, offers a 6-point checklist for leading strategically that will help managers strengthen their capacity to develop strategy and to lead its execution. Drawing on one-on-one interviews with CEOs, in-depth research, and their experience teaching today’s executives and tomorrow’s leaders, Singh and Useem take readers into the offices—and mindsets—of some of today’s foremost strategic leaders, including:

  • Carlos Ghosn, chief executive officer of Nissan
  • Indra Nooyi, chief executive of PepsiCo
  • Jack Ma, founder and chief executive of Alibaba Group
  • John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco Systems
Fast-reading and inspiring, The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap will enable leaders at all levels to master today’s most vital capability.
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About the Authors

Harbir Singh

Harbir Singh, coauthor of The India Way, is Mack Professor of Management, Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests include corporate governance, strategic management, alliances, innovation, and strategies for corporate acquisitions. ... More

Michael Useem

Michael Useem is director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management and William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Leadership Moment, Investor Capitalism, and The Go Point, among other books. The Leadership Moment was included in The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, written by the publishers of 800 CEO Read, and listed as one of the 10 best leadership ... More


The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap provides an essential playbook for combining business strategy with great leadership.  In an era of heightened change and uncertainty, the exercise of both has become essential, and Harbir Singh and Michael Useem offer managers and executives compelling illustrations and practical guidance for doing so.”

—William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

“In today’s world of rapid change, success requires firms to have both leadership and strategy. The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap provides a pragmatic and actionable guide to developing leaders that embody both. Balancing exemplary corporate experience with academic concepts, the book offers a six-point roadmap for integrating leadership and strategy.”

—Vikram Malhotra, Chairman of the Americas, McKinsey & Company

“Thinking strategically and acting decisively are vital capabilities for running any enterprise, and the Wharton School’s Harbir Singh and Michael Useem show how to develop and apply them together.  The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap offers an invaluable model for the strategic leadership required at all levels in any organization during the turbulent era ahead.”

—Ajay Banga, Chief Executive Officer, MasterCard Inc.

“For pragmatic direction on how best to combine a company’s strategy and its leadership, The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap is essential reading.  Harbir Singh and Michael Useem have brought executive experience together with university research to identify the essential steps for the art of leading strategically.”

—Maggie Wilderotter, former Chairman and CEO, Frontier Communications; director, Costco, DreamWorks Animation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Juno Therapeutics

The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap captures the global changes impacting business and provides a new and compelling focus on strategy and leadership. Harbir Singh and Michael Useem offer company examples and focused actions for leaders to grow their business. Highly recommended!”

—John A. Krol, former Chief Executive, Dupont, and director, Delphi Automotive and Tyco International


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