What Is a Business Strategist?

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A business strategist is typically a leader of an organization who is responsible for determining the direction and scope of a company. A business strategist may work as a consultant or function as the owner or chief operating officer of an organization.

A business strategist is typically skilled at keeping a company focused and aligned with its mission and goals. Business strategists have a keen eye for the latest business-related trends and how they may impact the company for which they work. Business strategists also address organizational issues. Analytical abilities and sound judgment are important qualities of successful business strategists, according to Cynthia Montgomery, the Timken Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.