“Good Business Leaders Create a Vision – Articulate the Vision – Passionately Owns the Vision & Relentlessly Drive it to Completion!”
Quote by: Jack Welch
Leadership brings together people for a common goal. As a Leader I do the following;
Create a Vision
Vision provides direction, sets priorities, and provides a marker, so that you can tell that you’ve achieved what you wanted to achieve.
To create a vision, leaders focus on an organization’s strengths by using tools to analyze their current situation. They think about how their industry is likely to evolve and how their competitors are likely to behave. They look at how they can innovate successfully, and shape their businesses and their strategies to succeed in future marketplaces. Therefore, leadership is proactive – problem solving, looking ahead, and not being satisfied with things as they are.
Once Leaders have developed their visions, they must make them compelling and convincing. A compelling vision is one that people can see, feel, understand, and embrace. Effective leaders provide a vivid picture of what the future will look like when their visions have been realized. They tell inspiring stories and explain their visions in ways that everyone can relate to.
Articulate a Vision
A VISION provides the foundation for leadership. Its leaders’ ability to motivate and inspire people that helps them deliver that vision.
Perfect example; when you start a new project, you will probably have lots of enthusiasm for it, so it’s often easy to win support for the project at the beginning. However, it can be difficult to find ways to keep your vision inspiring after the initial enthusiasm fades. Leaders recognize this and they work hard throughout the project to Articulate their vision with people’s individual needs, goals, and aspirations.
One of the key ways they do this is through “Expectancy Theory”. Expectancy Theory proposes an individual will behave or act in a certain way because they are motivated to select a specific behavior over other behaviors due to what they expect the result of that selected behavior will be. The expectation that hard work leads to good results. The expectation that good results lead to attractive rewards or incentives. This motivates people to work hard to achieve success because they expect to enjoy rewards.
Other approaches include restating the vision in terms of the benefits it will bring to the team’s customers. They take frequent opportunities to communicate the vision in an attractive and engaging way.
What is really helpful is when leaders are known as the expert . People admire and believe in these leaders because they are an expert in what they do. They have credibility, and they’ve earned the right to ask people to listen to them and follow them. This makes it much easier for these leaders to motivate and inspire the people they lead.
Passionately Own a Vision
As a leader, when you Passionately own your vision, it is contagious. Leaders must ensure that the work needed to deliver the vision has passion. It’s a well known fact that when someone is trying to do something they are Passionate about, they usually not only complete the task but they do the better than they thought they could. PASSION IS POWERFUL!!!
Relentlessly Drive a Vision to Completion
Individual and team development are important activities carried out by true leaders. To develop a team you must have leaders who will Relentlessly Drive a Vision to Completion. A leader will ensure that team members have the necessary skills and abilities to do their job and achieve the vision. They do this by giving and receiving feedback regularly and by training and coaching people to improve individual and team performance. They keep their foot on the gas pedal. They know that the road to their vision may be a little rocky at times but they never give up. They are Relentless in the pursuit of their Vision
Leadership can be hard to define and it means different things to different people.
Great Leaders set direction and help themselves and others to do the right thing to move forward. To do this they do they MUST create the vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and drive the Vision to completion!!!
Written by: Maury Sasso