The managing partner explained that he had not developed a strategy for his national service line because “leadership” had not yet decided if the service line was strategic to the firm. I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. Here’s the way I see it…
First, it is highly probable that leadership will never view your practice as strategic if you, the leader (if only by title), do not passionately believe it yourself.
Second, why hold the leadership position of a national service line if you aren’t going to lead? Resign immediately and let someone step up who has a vision for that practice.
Leaders do not wait to be told what is strategic. Leaders think and act strategically, especially when everyone else is managing through minutiae.