A good question and I'm interested to know what prompted you to create this question.
In a nutshell, all careers can benefit from strategic thinking. The ability to look at the "whole picture" of a situation and understand all the inputs, outputs, and cause/effect elements allows you to come to a conclusion based on more than just emotion and gut feel.
If you make decisions that solve for short-term gain you may impact something else in the long run. An example would be; deep discounting services to gain new customers quickly. While you bring on new customers you have also driven up the cost of acquisition (meaning it will take longer to gain positive value from the customer), diluted short term revenue and conditioned your buyers to expect cheaper services. While quick decisions are often necessary in business, there's a balance between speed and recklessness. It's important to not get stuck in "analysis paralysis" where you can't make a decision and you keep looking for more inputs.
Strategic thinking, also called critical thinking is important outside of work. As you progress through life you create plans, have goals and aspirations. These are loftier concepts that can't be accomplished without diving into all the aspects of the objective, see all sides and then create a path.
A great skill to develop is the ability to ideate and pivot to execution quickly. Using your strategic thinking to solve for something and then being able to turn that idea into action, and from that action, measure the impact. This demonstrates that you can "think and do" when needed which is more valuable to a company.
Eric recommends the following next steps:
- Follow established thought leaders on LinkedIn and/or Twitter. Ex: Bill Gates, Deepak Chopra, Angela Ahrendts, Arianna Huffington, and others.