Strategy is a plan of action to achieve a desired aim or goal. General Norman Schwarzkopf claimed that, “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
While character is the core and must hold higher value than strategy, at the same time, strategy is needed.
Without strategy, who is going to do what, for whom, when, and why? Without strategy, there are no plans to reach a goal, regardless of the goal(s) set before us.
We use strategy in several areas of everyday life. These strategies may not be written out in detail, but they are strategically oriented nonetheless.
We use strategies in traveling, family development, job description, biblical teaching, and much more.
We would be hard pressed to find an area of life where strategy is not involved at some level, so it behooves us to benefit from using strategy in leadership.
Leaders need to establish goals and establish a strategy in how to reach those goals, leading with the future in mind. Time will not be wasted in strategic development.