Our values are our foundation, but we also need to have a direction. No matter our role or level, we can’t move forward if we don’t know where we’re trying to go.
We need a vision. A vision can be defined as a clear and compelling mental image of a better future to steer toward. This vision should be stretched vision: challenging, but achievable.
To make sure to have an inspiring vision there are a couple of things we want to consider:
- Create a vivid, positive image: This vision should be easy to remember and visualise. It should appeal to our head and also our heart.
- Tie it to the organisational mission: Our vision should support the areas of the organisation's work that are the most relevant and inspiring to us.
- Have a timeframe in mind: A vision should be challenging but achievable. To ensure we've found the right balance, we should find a goal that we can imagine achieving through clear, manageable series of steps.
One of the most important reasons to have a personal leadership vision is its ability to steer you in the right direction and towards the work that's right for you.
The foundation of great leadership is knowing that you're doing work that's meaningful to you, and that you're doing it in a way that resonates with who you are as a person. At the end of the day, what's most important is that you're living your vision.By having alignment between who you say you want to be and what you actually do, it will make sure that your vision manifests itself in others' positive perception of you and your expectations for yourself.
Set a vision for your team
A leader's vision is accomplished only by working with others, and not through our own solo efforts. So, once you have your vision, it's essential to share it.
In order to communicate your vision to your team there are a few of things we want to consider:
1 - Capture people's imagination
Help your team seeing your “better future” and its possibilities as clearly as you do.
Tips: Make your point memorable by telling a story, giving a demonstration, or sharing a compelling photograph.
2 - Explain the "why"
Share the reasons that make this the vision the right one for you and your team.
Tips: Explain how this will benefit members of your team and also the relevance of their contribution.
3 - Seek ideas on the “how”
Allow the team to collaborate in framing the next steps. Ask, “How could we make this happen?” and “What obstacles might we encounter?”
4 - Keep talking about it
To accomplish your vision, talk about it with your team often. And don't forget to gather feedback as you go!
To successfully lead people, you need a set of values and a vision to work toward.
Identify your values—principles that you uphold at work and in your personal life—by paying attention to what you admire in others, what you are willing to take a stand for, and what distresses you.
Every leader, no matter their role or level, needs a vision—a clear and compelling mental image of a better future.
To bring team members on board with your vision, capture their imagination, explain why the work is important, and gather input on how the goal can be accomplished.
Practice leading without formal authority, especially when you identify situations where you can make a positive difference.