A dream or what we usually call vision is an important aspect of good leadership. The ability to see where you are going is a critical skill for the growth of any organization. As John Maxwell always says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The typical and first-hand gauge to know how far can an organization go is to determine the leadership.
Vision is more than just a mental image of what is ahead. More importantly, it has a compelling impact that inspires, motivates and engages the people. Vision is described by A. Lorri Manasse as “the force which molds meaning for the people of an organization.” It is a force that gives a push and form to the meaning and purpose of the work or existence of an organization. It gives inspiration and motivation which leads to a personal commitment.
Here is why a leader should know how to envision or dream.
VISION ESTABLISHES A STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE
Having a vision, the leader can grasp which is aligned to the path of the organization. He can identify the essentials from temporary. Vision becomes a bar to which every activity within and without the organization has to identify with. It breaks the mediocrity among the people. Growth is fostered.
VISION BRIDGES PRESENT TO THE FUTURE
With vision, the leader can foresee what needs to be done to arrive at an expected end. The foundation of the future is the present. As we carry the vision, what we do at the moment should feed the foundation of the future. What are you doing now? Is it building towards the vision you have for the future?
VISION TRANSCENDS STATUS QUO
Forming a vision is also a way of singling out the race you want to run. Having a strong vision means a lesser chance of running somebody’s race. A leader should know how to identify which path to take. That will mean forming his vision for himself and the organization. Vision separates your emotion from the rest, perspective from the mass, and reaction from the critics. You don’t go with the majority. But you walk towards the fulfillment of that vision.
I encourage every leader to write the vision. Make it plain that it can be easily passed on to the next generation of leaders. Just as instructed to Habakkuk. I hope to see your organization grow in your leadership. Keep dreaming. Envision the best!
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
This very passion I have to impact more people is the vision I am carrying. This same vision inspires me to share my insights on leadership and influence with family, friends and other circles. This gave birth to Leadership Development Bootcamp by Nile on Weekends. Should you want to experience this, a minimum of five (5) people, let us hit that road! Let us grow together!