How do I lead myself and others: Have vision
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done…
As leaders we need to know where we are heading; it must be a clear picture in your mind. Vision is not limited to the CEO of an organisation; all of us that consider ourselves leaders should have a vision within our sphere of responsibility. Without a vision and the ability to vividly paint a picture of this desired end-goal for your team, you limit the experience of every individual in your team to a dull and dreadful place of work.
What is a vision?
A vision is the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination and wisdom. It is a picture or idea you have in your mind of yourself and your business.
A clear vision helps you pursue your dreams and achieve your goals.
A vision is the capability to see beyond your current reality, creating and inventing what does not now exist and becoming what you and your team are not right now.
The importance of a vision
Your clear vision is a prerequisite for your team to follow you. We all feel inspired by leaders that have a clear vision. In order for you to be a good leader, you need to have a clear vision of where you want to go and where you want to take your team.
Sharing your vision with your team and obtaining their buy-in will result in the entire team moving in the same direction. There is nothing as powerful as the full force of an entire team! Companies that succeed in ensuring the buy-in of their entire workforce in the overall vision of its leaders often find that they achieve their vision way quicker and with less effort.
Needless to say, that the vision of a leader can only be shared with others with proper communication (also see my blog: The art of communication). The vision can be discussed and perfected by all of those who have invested in it and believe it. A vision is the glue that holds together individuals of a group with the same goal.
Who do you want to be?
Your vision should include who you and our team want to be. It is important to know clearly who you are right now to know who you want to become. Often leaders (and their teams) are not honest about who and where they are. Total honesty is very important as you cannot determine the way you should go from “here” to “there”, unless you are completely honest about where you are right now. The destination that you visualise should be specific, clear and also speak to the emotional state you wish to achieve.
Building a vision
It takes some hard work to determine your vision. The first step is to know exactly what you want; and what your team wants and needs. If you have a hard time creating a vision, it is important to read, speak to others, test your ideas with your team and leaders, and think about your passion.
In order to create a successful vision, you have to feel passionate about it.
The importance of a vision for your team
Employees often join organisations because they feel themselves at home in the vision of the organisation. Someone can tell very quickly whether the person they report to has a vision or are merely taking one day at a time without clear direction.
Your vision can change; that is just fine, but there must be a vision and it must be shared with everyone in your team.
A clear vision inspires loyalty and caring through the involvement of all employees. It inspires enthusiasm, belief, commitment and excitement in the team and it helps employees believe that they are part of something bigger.
The hard work is not only to develop your vision, but also to communicate it and to ignite passion and focus of your team. And then to keep the fire burning high – this you can only achieve with regular communication and listening skills.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. Warren G. Bennis