Embarking on a strategic journey demands more than just a well-crafted plan—it requires astute leadership. ​

The strategy will require the business to do different things​.

This will require the leadership team to do different things​.

Through years of experience and working with businesses, there are foundational leadership tenets to instil to give a strategy the best chance of success.

And when I discuss leadership, I don’t just refer to the CEO, I refer to the leadership team. Everyone must play their part, and be congruent across the business with the following tenets.


Open Channels: ​

Transparent and open communication is the cornerstone. ​

Keep the team informed about the strategy, progress, and any necessary adjustments.​

Get them involved in the conversation, and that will involve listening​

Active Listening:  Do you ACTUALLY listen to them?​

Beyond just conveying the plan, actively listen to concerns, ideas, and feedback. ​

A two-way communication flow fosters a collaborative environment. ​

This is bottom up as well as top down.​


Delegate with Trust: ​

Empower your teams by entrusting them with responsibilities. ​

Encourage autonomy and provide the necessary support. ​

Empowered teams are more likely to innovate and contribute effectively.​

The more they are involved in building the plan, the more ownership taken and this leads to better buy in and effective implementation.​

When they are part of it, they will own it.​


Lead by Example: ​

Demonstrate your commitment to the strategy. ​

Leading by doing, demonstrates that you are walking the walk, not just talking the talk.​

Align Actions: ​

Ensure that day-to-day actions align with the strategic goals and that it can be measured.​

Consistent commitment at all levels fuels the momentum needed for successful implementation.​

Organisational Culture:​

Cultural Alignment & Adaptability: ​

Align the organisational culture with the strategic vision, bearing in mind the cultural limitations. ​

A culture that resonates with the strategy will become adaptable to change.​

And a culture that evolves in tandem with the strategy is better positioned for long-term success.​


Transparent Leadership: ​

Honesty is the bedrock of trust.

Be honest about challenges, setbacks, and successes. Transparent leadership builds credibility and fosters a culture of accountability.​

Can We Do This – Is the Strategy achievable?

Assess Capability:

Realistically evaluate the organisation’s capabilities to execute the strategy.

While it is great to think big, that’s for the VISION.

The Strategy needs to be realistic, with stretch goals and targets.

So assessment of where the business is now is crucial to understand the scale of bridge required to achieve the strategy for the year.

Purposeful Vision:​

Meaningful and Clear:

Ensure the vision is not just a statement but purposeful for all within the business. A clear and compelling vision motivates and unites teams toward a common goal.​

Align with Values:

And the purpose must resonate with the business values, the real values.

The 1st part of any strategy should be to REVIEW the

Purpose | Values | Mission

Evolve them as necessary and get the business involved with this exercise.

Course Correction:​

Continuous Assessment:

Regularly evaluate the strategy’s effectiveness. A correct strategy is dynamic and subject to adjustments based on evolving circumstances.​


Embrace adaptability. If the strategy needs refinement, leaders should be agile in making necessary changes.​ Don’t stagnate and with tunnel vision. Strategies should adapt. The 1st plan and experience with execution is the best understanding at present to achieve. It’s never 100% correct and it’s not the goal to get it there. The goal is to get it started and commit to continually iterate and improve the implementation. Course correction should be expected and built into the plan itself.

Most of all: Inspire Confidence:

Instil confidence in the team. Leaders who convey belief in the team’s capabilities enhance morale and pave the way for successful implementation.​

In the landscape of strategy implementation, effective leadership is the linchpin. By emphasizing communication, empowerment, commitment, organisational culture, absolute honesty, a purposeful vision, the correctness of the strategy, and assessing the capability, leaders can steer their teams toward triumph. 💪​


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