Influential and effective leaders can foresee where the organization is going and what it needs to achieve, overcome challenges, and ultimately succeed. At the same time, they can remain in the present, accomplishing goals to move the business forward. The dream and pathway that you as a leader establish will help encourage and guide your team. That dream and pathway are also known as a vision.
What is Vision?
We define Vision as the creation and implementation of a mental picture revealing a desirable future. It describes an idea of what awaits down the road but has not yet happened. A vision is about movement and establishes a roadmap as to where the business is going. It also helps visualize overcoming situations and challenges. Ultimately, it creates hope and a sense of purpose, conveying what your organization and team can achieve. It also outlines what goals are needed to help reach growth and betterment. However, leaders must be consistently and continually focused on a clearly established vision to see it come to pass.
Why is Vision Important to Leadership?
We regard vision as the primary essential quality of leadership. Leaders who aspire to make a difference imagine what could be. They’re confident in their ability to make it happen. This type of excitement instills life into the business.
Creating and executing a vision for your organization will reap a host of benefits, including:
- Providing a look forward to prepare for the future and defining the course you are going to pursue
- Stirring motivation, inspiration, purpose, and meaning within your team, thereby encouraging people to move forward
- Effectively and Impactfully working through obstacles and setbacks
- Establishing a focus on what’s important
How Do I Develop a Vision that Works?
Here is a simple four-step process to help you develop a vision that works for you and your team:
1. Think of one challenge that you’re facing within your department or group.
2. Imagine the meta picture. Then, think about the great success you will realize from achieving the solution to that challenge and the benefits. Don’t be afraid to think big. Think “pie in the sky!”
3. Determine how you’ll communicate your vision to your team. What words or descriptions work for you? In what setting will you share the vision? For example, will it be in a staff meeting, all-hands meeting, team meeting, etc.?
4. Practice conveying what you have written. Be sure it sounds sincere, and practice aloud to yourself as well as others. If you do not believe it, no one else will either!
Casting a vision for your team enables you to establish a roadmap. You’ll provide the needed goals to achieve the desired outcome, encourage your employees, and help them face obstacles and challenges. However, developing and implementing a vision can be challenging. Here at Belfield, our team has over 170 years of cumulative experience. As a result, we can help your leadership team not only create your vision. We’ll help you achieve it and discover long-term success!