Strategic Leadership

So, it’s a new year. As the leader of your company’s security team, what new ideas, technical innovations, global initiatives, or organizational tactics do you intent to introduce this year? No doubt, your wish list could be long. But it’s also a new budget year, and the C-suite could have a wary eye on change in light of the new world order. 

Eventual success in the security realm will fall to those who understand the fundamentals of strategic leadership—defined as the ability to influence others to voluntarily make decisions that enhance the prospects for an organization’s long-term success and financial stability. The following resources will help you do just that. 

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Free Resources

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Strategic Leadership's Journey to Greatness
ANSEM S3206 2016

Learn how to plan and execute strategic leadership, including developing styles, an organizational structure, and employee engagement. Strategic leadership requires accounting for both analytical and human dimensions. Leaders need to understand strategy as a learning process, identifying where they are in the journey to push their organization to become a continual learning engine. Strategic leaders continually develop and discover strategy and hold it in an ongoing state of formulation and implementation. Define the strategic leader of the future through key planning and engagement strategies. Sponsored by ASIS Leadership and Management Practices Council and ASIS Healthcare Security Council.

Educational session recorded at the 62nd ASIS Annual Seminar & Exhibits, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, on September 12-15, 2016.

Protection of Assets: Legal Issues
​Chapter 1, Ethics in the Security Profession, pp. 3-19

Ethics is of particular concern to security professionals.  A security professional is an employee (or agent or representative) of the organization for which he or she provides protective services and is bound by the same ethical standards that apply to other organizational employees and representatives.  Moreover, he or she may be tasked with developing a company's ethics program and code or monitoring compliance with an existing program or code.​

Security Management articles

It Takes Teamwork, July 2016

Navigating Transitions, February 2016

Building Executive Alliances, January 2015

Management Trends, September 2016

How to Practice Ethics, August 2016

The Two-Way Manager, October 2016

Bonus Podcast (14:53 min.)

Members Only

Protection of Assets: Security Management
Chapter 1, Administrative Management Principles, pp. 1 – 11

Management practices serve a company best when they are designed in accordance with its strategic plan. These practices are largely expressed through human resource management, knowledge management, and business structure. When the overall corporate strategy is ingrained in daily administration practices, the organization will have the best chance of success.

Critical Thinking Skills for Security Professionals
ANSEM S2302 2016
Presenter: Kathy Pherson

CSOs tell ASIS that critical thinking is a key skill for professional success in security. Their comments have led to the introduction of an ASIS certificate program on critical thinking. The new certification focused on how thinking techniques can frame solutions for problems affecting corporate, homeland, and national security. Analytic strategies can improve rigor, avoid mental traps, and allow managers to communicate clearly with others. Specific security examples demonstrate the importance of understanding context, checking key assumptions, considering alternative explanations, seeking consistent data, and focusing on drivers and indicators. Leverage these skills to improve your work by protecting against biased thinking, spurring imagination, and collaborating with others both inside and outside the organization.

Understanding the Cost of Security
ANSEM S4313 2015
Presenters: Fern Abbott, Stephen Baker

​​Security practitioners benefit from having a sound financial understanding of the costs to run their operations. In other words, they must operate as business managers as well as security professionals. Explore a detailed overview of budgeting and finance, including forecasting, multi-year strategic planning, capital investments, expense management, and headcount management to determine the total cost of security. Analyze strategies for dealing with security cost reduction requests and the consequences to a program based on risk.

Information Resources Center (IRC) Security Database & Library Catalog

Additional Resources are listed in the Resource Guide: Strategic Leadership available to ASIS members as a download from the ASIS website. Sign-in to the ASIS website is required.​

The IRC Security Database & Library Catalog references books, Security Management articles, Annual Seminar recorded sessions, reports, white papers, and other documents.  Electronic versions of materials, accessible via the Internet, are linked within each catalog record. Print items are available for use onsite in the O.P. Norton Information Resources Center (IRC) by ASIS International members.

To access more information on the subject of strategic leadership through the library catalog, sign-in to the ASIS website, then go to the library webpages to navigate to the Security Database & Library Catalog.  Use the Advanced Search feature to search the Subject field.  Type in the phrase "leadership​."

For more help and search suggestions, see "Search Tips" on the website, or email the librarians with questions.​