Operative Followership and Strategy

In this fast-paced world, organizations often require skilled professionals who can effectively manage and implement strategic initiatives. This is the role of the operative level – the middle management and project managers who are responsible for successfully implementing programs that align with an organization’s vision and strategic purpose.

From Strategic Decision-Making to Setting and Prioritizing Objectives

One of the primary tasks of the operative level is to take strategic decisions and determine how to shape and give them direction as programs and projects. These decisions are based on the organization’s vision and long-term goals. This involves breaking down the strategic concept into actionable steps and determining how to prioritize. By carefully considering the available resources, timeline, and potential impact, operative level followers can chart a clear roadmap for implementation.

Strategic Foresight to Tactical engagement.

So, in order to be effective, the operative level followers must possess the ability to think ahead as well as anticipate the necessary actions to achieve desired outcomes. To do that, these followers must be proactive and stay ahead of potential challenges.

That requires they stay informed about industry trends, engage with stakeholders, and leverage the experience of their colleagues without fear. Only then can operative level managers effectively plan for contingencies and ensure smooth execution.

Collaborating with Partners and Stakeholders

Successful implementation often relies on strong collaboration between operative level managers, internal and external partners, strategic level decision makers, tactical level leaders, and stakeholders. These mid-level operative followers need to build effective relationships and foster open communication. They are the fulcrum that engages exemplary followership to translate ideas into leadership guided processes.

By involving all relevant parties in the decision-making process, operative level management can gain valuable insights, align expectations, and address any potential conflicts. Through collaboration, they can leverage diverse expertise and resources to achieve optimal outcomes.

Connecting Strategy, Operative, and Tactical for Implementation

There is an undeniable connection between strategy, operative planning, and tactical implementation. A well-defined strategic vision serves as the foundation for operational decisions and guides tactical actions. At the same time, operational considerations can influence the strategic vision and direction, leading to necessary adjustments and refinements. This interplay reinforces the importance of aligning different stages of creative development, ensuring that each aspect informs and supports the others.


Effective operative level followers play a crucial role in organizations, ensuring the successful execution of strategic initiatives. With their ability to make informed decisions, anticipate actions, collaborate with stakeholders, and align strategy with implementation, they provide valuable direction and drive results. The role of these followers requires a unique skill set and a holistic understanding of the organization’s purpose and mission.

By mastering these skills and approaches, operative level managers can both follow and lead – allowing them to navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and create meaningful impact within their organizations.


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