Bridge the Gap Between Strategy and Performance

Leadership strategy: The human enabler of business strategy — and results.

Bridge the gap between strategy and performance — and support optimal outcomes for your most pressing business challenges — by taking a holistic approach to strategic leadership at your organization.

A leadership strategy defines the skills, behaviors, and collective leadership practices your organization needs for success, and it’s a powerful lever for driving business performance.

Setting a leadership strategy first requires a comprehensive understanding of leadership and competencies in your organization. The ability of formal and informal leaders to pull together ultimately makes the difference in whether you accomplish your goals.

Partner with us for world-class leadership strategy consulting — our experts will help craft the leadership strategy your organization needs to execute your business strategy effectively.

Align Your Leadership Strategy to Business Priorities

Why You Need a Leadership Strategy

A well-defined business strategy is important — but it needs a leadership strategy to make it happen.

Too often, organizations just keep adding onto an old list of desired leadership competencies, instead of making sure their business strategy and leadership development efforts are aligned. But this won’t equip their leaders to adapt to change or meet new goals.

When setting bold strategies that call for changes in the direction or capabilities of the organization, consider whether you have a gap between the leadership you need, and what you currently have. One of the first questions to ask is: Do we have the leadership we need for the strategy we’ve set?

A strong leadership strategy will enable you to:

  • Optimize human capital investments
  • Maximize capability for the future
  • Accelerate strategy effectiveness
  • Drive growth and deepen value

Why CCL? Our Approach to Leadership Strategy Gets Results

Our dedicated leadership strategy consulting experts can partner with you and your senior leadership team to create a custom leadership strategy tailored to your organization’s unique challenges and business priorities.

We understand that leadership strategy begins with business strategy so, speaking your language, we’ll help you determine how closely you’ve linked leadership to the success of your business strategy.

Our clients can expect a holistic approach to leadership strategy consulting, rooted in rigorous research:

  • A highly collaborative process that will build internal capability to keep your leadership strategy evergreen and support ongoing leadership development closely aligned to your business needs
  • Your executive team’s direct involvement in shaping the company’s leadership strategy and ownership of leadership development
  • Understanding and initiation of the collective leadership practices needed to shift to your company’s “required future state” and move the needle of organizational performance
  • Development of key organizational capabilities and desired individual leadership competencies and behaviors needed to execute your enterprise business strategy
  • Leadership solutions that go beyond “training programs” and include learning and development while doing the real work of the business
  • Direction, alignment, and commitment across the entire enterprise

What Our Clients Are Saying

At CCL, we measure success by lives touched and impact made. That’s why the organizations we work with and the leaders we transform consistently tell us the same thing: their experience with us is a game-changer. We’ve helped to transform the  leadership strategy at many organizations around the globe.

But don’t just take our word for it — take theirs.

“The whole experience has given us leadership muscle to do things we didn’t think were possible. CCL has been a part of this success by helping us build leadership capabilities to take advantage of opportunities and create value for the shareholders.”


Rob Van Nus

VP Human Resources & Corporate Services 

“We spend a lot of time formulating and implementing our strategy. Our time with CCL allows the senior leaders to step back and reflect on the human impact of our strategic decisions and the implications for the leadership culture necessary to achieve our aims.”

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Walter Bayly


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Frequently Asked Questions About Leadership Strategy

An effective leadership strategy defines the skills, behaviors, and collective leadership practices that your organization needs to meet its objectives. It’s a powerful tool that drives business performance by aligning investments in development with the overall strategy, goals, and aspirations of the organization.  

A leadership strategy makes explicit how many leaders are needed, and with what skills and behaviors, to achieve the collective organizational culture required for success. For example, if your organization’s business strategy is to become more global, your leadership strategy would require building greater cultural sensitivity among team leaders. Additionally, you would need to enhance representation of different geographies at top levels, and adopt a greater understanding of local laws and business arrangements. As another example, if your business goal was to invest in more high-growth opportunities, your leadership strategy would require a focus on talent development and growing the number of leaders at every level by a certain target amount, perhaps 10% each year for the next 3 years. 

When you’re developing a leadership strategy, the first thing you need to do is gather a comprehensive understanding of the current state of leadership and needed competencies in your organization. Ultimately, knowing how formal and informal leaders pull together is key to accomplishing your business goals. Then, you must also consider whether you have a gap between the leadership you need and what you currently have. Learn more about important factors to consider when creating a leadership strategy by reading how to create a strong leadership strategy, based on insights from our white paper and research on the topic.

Leadership strategy consulting helps your organization create a custom leadership strategy that aligns investments in development with your unique business goals, challenges, and priorities. Our dedicated business strategy and leadership experts engage senior teams in a highly collaborative process that builds internal direction, alignment, and commitment, and they offer organizational development solutions that go beyond the average “training program” to help you create and scale the competencies and leadership culture you need for the future of your business. 

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