Strategist background


The Strategist is a big picture person who takes the long view and considers how decisions will benefit the entire organization. Strategists are fact-based and less concerned with schmoozing colleagues than they are with getting to the bottom of important issues. They are decisive, no-nonsense people who like close control of their work.

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Signature work styles

Strategists almost always come to the table with a plan. Naturally reserved and introspective, they like to spend time alone developing a detailed and comprehensive strategy—which they will then present to the group with confidence. They are results-oriented and very happy to make decisions. Though they prefer to control projects themselves, they will sometimes be willing to delegate tasks. They tend to be self-motivated and are willing to take very calculated risks in the name of success.

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Key attributes




To understand the big picture
Fact-based work
Variety and flexibility
Time to develop expertise


Big picture thinker
Handles pressure well
Organized and thorough
Can juggle multiple priorities

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