Leadership and managing conflicting priorities? Perhaps true leadership anticipates priority conflicts at the time of strategy formulation. When strategic imperatives are at odds, this should be apparent to leadership at the time the strategies are articulated. How about a rule of the roads that establishes a true precedence order in case things aren’t clear cut when the strategy formulators aren’t around. Ok, ok, so things will never be this clean in real life. Effective prioritization is then dependent on extensive communication of strategies and the broadest knowledge of priorities by all constituencies so that at every fork in the road i.e. decision point, the most appropriate decision can be made.