This week’s Pearl of Leadership Wisdom is on Vision.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs.

Some people really struggle with goals. They don’t have any. This is not because they are worthless, feckless individuals. It’s much worse than that. They are not guided by a vision.

I can see clearly now…

A vision inspires. A vision spawns goals. Goals with built-in motivation. And goal achievement is the definition of success. But a vision requires a leader. And leaders have vision. So we should be able to judge how many leaders there are by how many good visions we see…

Hen’s teeth…

Frankly a good vision is hard to find; there are precious few of them around.

So how do you know when you have one?

  • A great vision gives a worthwhile purpose to the organisation. Over the long term. It’s your destiny.
  • A great vision becomes the DNA of the organisation. All systems aligned in the execution of the vision.
  • A great vision inspires. Inspiration is motivation’s sexier sibling. We are helpless in its grip. It’ll keep you up all night.
  • A great vision challenges – no time for comfort zones here. A great vision should be a bit scary; a bit “can we really do that?”
  • A great vision should be beautiful. And beauty cannot be hidden.
  • A great vision is moral – absolutely. Global domination by force is a vision – a bad one. And you can be assured that others, with a superior, moral vision, will defeat the bad vision. We’ve done it before. And we’ll do it again.

I am blessed…

Vision is the first stage in goal setting. And goal achievement is the definition of success. So if you have a vision that ticks all the boxes above – lucky you. You’re living in a blessed world, where everything is just, well…better.

Eyes front…

If you are not so blessed, why not try to develop a great vision – this is leadership. It might be the most important thing you can do today. It might be the most important thing you can do, any day.



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