Part 2: Spectrum of Leadership: The Tactician

As a leader, its important to understand three distinct perspectives of time

1. The Present

2. The Future 

3. The Distant Future. 

Being a tactician reflects the ability of dealing with the here and now. As a low-mid level leader, your job is to break down the broad strategy of the organization, department or group into actions that are applicable now. Tactical Leaders are thus integral to every organization because they deliver the goods in the near term, thus enabling the organization to attain immediate results. 

Tactical Leadership is about the here and the now - not about some idea that may be reality in the distant future. 

Tactical Leadership is about the here and the now - not about some idea that may be reality in the distant future. 

As a tactical leader, the most important aspect of leadership is clarity. While dealing with leaders higher up, its important to understand the frame of mind they are in. If they are looking at the near to distant future, its important for a tactical leader to break that down into what has to be accomplished now. A common communication gap that exists in organization is when the perspectives of different people vary and they commit the mistake of treating a long term goal as a short term goal or vice versa. 

The second step is to analyze this present goal and break it down into tasks that your team or group needs to accomplish. Once you are able to decide on the tasks, you need to consider the     talent pool that exists within your team to assign the right tasks to the right people. This is really important since the ability of your team to accomplish a set of tasks is directly proportional to their job satisfaction. 

Once you have that clarity, you can communicate deadlines, deliverables and cheerlead the team to success.