Praise for LwST

"Leading with Strategic Thinking is an important, new contribution to the practice of leadership. Defining the intersection between business strategy and strategic management reveals multiple paths to leadership development - at a point in time or over time. I applaud Aaron and BK for making leadership more accessible for all of us." 

Renetta McCann, Chief Talent Officer, Leo Burnett

“This is a very practical book, highlighting how the best leaders and organizations gain strategic insight and then make change happen. In the armed forces we take both strategy and leadership very seriously--this book does justice to both topics."

General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Military (Retired)

From Nelson Mandella to GE, this book uses a diverse range of real life stories to show that strategic leadership can be emergent or planned and can emanate from the top or the grassroots of organizations.  As such, strategic leadership  is applicable in any job or setting. The world needs strategic leadership now more than ever, and Olson and Simerson make the topic both practical and clear. 

Carolyn Woo, CEO, Catholic Relief Services



About the Authors

BK Simerson and Aaron K Olson have spent the last five years teaching graduate students at Northwestern University how to understand and apply strategic thinking.

Aaron is Chief Talent Officer for Aon plc, responsible for enterprise-wide talent management and organizational development. He helps leaders and organizations link business and talent strategy. For more, visit aaronkolson.com

B.K. helps private- and public-sector organizations develop enterprise-wide and Business Unit-level strategic plans and provides consultation, executive coaching, and leadership development in the areas of strategy formulation and execution. BK has authored several books, including Strategic Planning: A Practical Guide to Strategy Formulation and Execution (ABC-CLIO, 2011). For more, visit about.me/bksimerson


Buy the Book

Leading with Strategic Thinking will be published by Wiley & Sons on April 13, 2015.