Are You Sure Your Team Sees Your Vision?

Jesse Lyn Stoner, in her article Characteristics Of An Effective Vision defines vision in these two ways:

Vision is knowing who you are, where you’re going, and what will guide the journey” and “a vision is a clearly-articulated, results-oriented picture of a future you intend to create. It is a dream with direction.”

There is no substitute for a clear vision when leading a team, an organization, or a family. Mark Deterding, founder and principal of Triune Leadership Services says:

As a senior leader, you can’t delegate vision. You must be intentional about setting the vision of your organization. The leader must paint the picture of the future.”

A clearly defined, well-articulated shared vision can provide the following for an organization:

* Helps the team grasp what is compelling about the destination
* Provides specific direction for the development of the strategy that will be required
* Generates passion versus obligatory compliance
* Enlists enthusiastic engagement in the strategy and required goals to achieve the vision
* Provides a reason for enlistment versus deflection when the journey gets tough
* Provides a context to rationalize all decisions”

Leading requires discipline, laser focus and the ability to see the future. It also requires that you articulate your vision so well, that those you lead can see it too.

Can you see what I see? If you’ve painted the picture effectively, the answer will be: “Yes, I see it and I’m with you all the way!”

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