Vision, Vision & More Vision
A leader maximizes vision.
- Vision is not easy to manage or maintain! A leader who masters the art of vision will lead the team to maximum impact!
- Some leaders fail to realize that vision leaks! One has to continually create methods, platforms and delivery systems to promote the vision! It must continually be communicated.
- The carriers of the vision have to continually broadcast it. Every environment and gathering of people should include some form of vision casting.
John Maxwell notes that “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision, but the vision keeps the people following the leader.”
Thinking someone is going to go the long haul because of the leader’s charisma is wishful thinking! Young leaders sometimes gather others through magnetism, personality or expertise. That is as it should be but, while a leader may attract them, the power of vision will hold them.
Wise leaders know how to personalize the vision. They help others see themselves as participants.
PRO 29:18 “Where there is no progressive revelation (vision), the people cast off restraint.”
When the vision isn’t clear people begin to disconnect. People want to be a part of something greater than themselves. They desire to contribute. They want to know that their involvement moves the mission forward.
Effectively implementing vision requires several key features.
- Leaders must be laser focused on the “why” of the organization. The “why” speaks to the motivation, the passion and the driving force for the company’s existence.
- The leader must understand what problems are being solved by the team. Understanding what the team does well keeps everyone involved and focused on what’s important. It helps the company stay narrow and sharp rather than broad and inefficient.
- Lastly, vision is about the future, the dream of what could be. Some would refer to it as the BHAG (big hairy audacious goal). That enormous something that requires growth, resources and people in order to be achieved. It provides the dream for tomorrow and ignites the desires to go there. BHAG creates the understanding that more investment is needed, more leadership development is required, more streamlining is vital. The dream of what could be says, “We haven’t arrived. There is another level. We have another mountain to climb.”
If a leader doesn’t have a vision, they will plagiarize it.
- No organization can live without vision.
- Even the most dynamic and charismatic leader requires vision. Because it, the vision, is what keeps the people following the leader.
- Ultimately, vision furnishes the adhesive which pulls the organization and its leadership together.
Vision, vision and more vision!