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As a leader, when you develop an effective leadership strategy, you need to be doing it with a structured and thoughtful approach. 

Below we give you a step-by-step foundational guide to help you develop and create a strategy that will work for your organization, company, community or team. 

Analyze the Current Situation:

A thorough analysis of your company, community or organization should be conducted to establish its current state. 

This will involve understanding the weaknesses, strengths, threats (SWOT Analysis) and opportunities. Having a clear grasp as a starting point is crucial. 

Understand Your Purpose and Vision:

You should start by clarifying your company, community or organization's long-term vision and purpose. Ask yourself the question "What is the ultimate goal you are trying to achieve?"

Your strategy should align with these fundamental elements and also support them. 

Set Clear Objectives:

Relevant, achievable, measurable, specific and time-bound (SMART) objectives should be defined. All objectives that you define should be aligned with your vision and should help you address threats identified in the SWOT analysis and also help address weaknesses. 

Develop a SWOT-Informed Strategy:

The strategy you build should be based on your analysis. Seize opportunities, mitigate threats, leverage strengths and minimize weaknesses. 

Use tools such as SWOT analysis to inform your strategic decisions. 

Create an Action Plan:

A detailed action plan that outlines the steps needed to achieve your objectives should be developed. Break the plan down into smaller, manageable tasks assign your team members responsibilities and set deadlines that have a set time. 

Involve Your Team:

Involve your team members. They are able to offer valuable insights and help in executing strategy. Ensure that everyone is committed to the strategy and is on the same page. 

Always remember that collaboration is crucial. 

Adapt and Iterate:

Regularly review your progress and make changes as you feel they are needed. You should be flexible and willing to adapt your strategy as and when circumstances change. 

This could involve changing objectives, shifting your overall strategy and reallocating resources. 

Monitor Progress: 

A system to measure and track the progress of your strategy should be implemented. Key performance indicators (KPIs) can help you gauge how well you are moving towards the objectives you have set. 

Allocate Resources:

Determine which resources you will require to execute your strategy. This could be anything from human to financial and even technological resources. 

Ensure that the resources you need and require are allocated effectively to support your plan. 

Lead by Example:

Your behaviour and actions as a leader should align with the strategy you have in place. You should set the standard for commitment, dedication and the values that underpin your plan. 

Communicate Effectively:

Open and transparent communication with your team members and stakeholders should be maintained. 

Ensuring that everyone understands the strategy, the progress made so far and their role in the strategy. 

Learn from Mistakes:

As much as you would like every strategy to work perfectly, that will not always be the case. Things can and will go wrong from time to time and when this happens, you should use it as a learning opportunity. 

Spend time analyzing what went wrong and how you can adjust your strategy to prevent the same mistake from happening again. 

Long-Term Focus: 

Your long-term objectives and vision should always be kept in mind. Ensure that your strategy is designed to move closer to achieving your vision and objectives. 

Celebrate Achievements:

Recognizing and celebrating success and milestones along the way can help boost motivation. This can help to make it easier for your teams to stay committed to the strategy at hand. 

Review and Reflect:

You should review your strategy periodically, making sure that it remains effective and relevant. 

Reflect on your strategic approach and your leadership and always be willing and ready to make changes to improve your effectiveness if it is necessary. 

Always remember that strategy development is an ongoing process. Continuous adaptation and monitoring will be required to ensure that it remains effective in a dynamic, ever-changing environment.

By following the steps we have given you here and maintaining a forward-looking mindset, you can work towards developing a strategy that works and leads your company, community, organization or team toward success. 

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