Everything you need to know about a Strategist

Strategists at work

Is your Reference Profile a Strategist—or do you work with someone who is?

This course will cover everything you need to know about who a Strategist is, how they work on a team, and how they lead.

Start by checking out this intro video to understand Strategists at a high level.

Introducing the Strategist

  • Independent
  • Organized
  • Results-oriented
  • Decisive
Working styles
  • Enjoys big-picture thinking
  • Analytical; able to anticipate problems
  • Natural drive for change and variety
  • Values time to develop expertise
Caution areas
  • Can be seen as a perfectionist
  • Often frustrated by stagnation
  • May appear tough-minded
  • Can be controlling of delegated work

“Strategists like things done fast and right. They think broadly and innovate quickly, all while keeping a sharp eye on follow-through and end results.”

— Ted Olson

Understanding the Factors

Although this course won’t require that you understand the science behind what makes these profiles accurate, you should be familiar with the four factors that drive workplace behavior. Use the interactive below to get a definition of each factor and how variations in the factors will affect someone’s personality.

Common pattern of a Strategist

Understanding the factors will allow you to better understand the common drives we see in Strategists. The image to the right is the most common pattern for Strategists, but don’t be surprised if your pattern varies a little bit. That’s OK! Remember, every person is unique.

Now that we have a better understanding of who a Strategist is, the next section will cover where one fits within a team.

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