Many of us in the leadership training and consulting business feel that there can be no true leadership unless a leader possesses a vital vision that they hold near and dear, motivating them to pursue their objectives. When a leader possesses a vision, they then can make realistic and relevant goals, and create an agenda and a timeline to achieve what they feel is important. When someone in leadership lacks an essential personal vision, it is nearly impossible for them to either have the same level of personal commitment, or be able to as effectively motivate others to listen and follow. Jack Welch stated, "Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion." In other words, it is not enough for someone to simply have some ill defined or undefined goals, and to simply use some fancy rhetoric to represent his vision. A true leader's vision must represent not only their goals, but also personal driving force. It is the reason that great leaders will put in the amazing amount of time, persist and persevere, and maintain the strength of their commitment despite others' objections and nay - saying, and enjoy the inner fortitude and strength to drive their organization forward towards its mission.
1. A true leader's vision must be personal. While some wannabe leaders attempt to often run away from any actual commitment that might expose them to blame, ridicule or even criticism, all real leaders not only have strong feelings about how important their vision is, but are proud of what it represents, and how important it is. This does not mean that a leader should have an overbearing ego, nor does it mean that he should have a closed - minded approach. It means that his vision should help be his guideline for setting priorities, setting directions, and creating his agenda for his organization.
2. Have you ever wondered why someone would sacrifice as much as he does, and put in so much time and personal effort and resources, in order to lead an organization? What makes true leaders unique is that they place the organization they care so much about as a highest priority, often, at least temporarily, making certain personal sacrifices. Great leaders need understanding and supportive family and friends, who understand how this vision is driving them to make a difference and how their vision has become a very essential component of their being. Perhaps one of the reasons it is often so difficult to find real leaders is that so few people on the leadership path are doing so for personal vision oriented reasons.
What is your personal vision? Do you feel so strongly about it that it has become part of you? Consider your reason for wanting to become a leader before following a leadership trajectory!
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