Sunday, December 6, 2015

Three Dot-Connections in Leadership Vision

Leadership vision is to be a guiding light and show the direction.

Vision is to zoom into the future as if it were closer. Top leaders are supposed to be the guiding force in the organization or even with a broader scope, envisioning and leading it towards its future. Every C-level leader must participate in creating and shaping a company's vision. A visionary changes the course of business by seeing beyond what all other see or by charting new revenue or growth through the creation of a new product or market; or share their perception of future trends of business such as digitalization, innovation, or globalization. Here are three dot-connections in leadership vision.

Vision-strategy: Vision is where to go, Strategy is how to get there.A vision is how you see the future unfolding, how you dream about what the future will look like from your standpoint. A strategy is a way you will carry yourself out, your plan to make your vision a reality. Vision is the future you want to realize from a coordinated effort. The strategy is the systematic plan that assists you in employing your efforts towards achieving the desired output; with optimal utilization of your skill and available resources in the minimum time possible. Vision provides insight into where an organization needs to go and is future oriented. Vision is the end goal, the strategy is the plan to get there. Vision is the visual interpretation of your finest dream of, or what you desire to become. Which inspires you and your followers and stakeholders. Whereas strategy is the professional break down of your philosophy and methodology to achieve something. Vision is your point on the horizon, the strategy is how you will get there. Leadership vision is to be a guiding light and show the direction. A leader with a vision takes his/her organization through the necessary steps to achieve that vision.

Vision-Influence: Leadership is all about future and change. Leadership vision is to serve as an enabler. To clear the path, whether that be the elimination of obstacles or to provide coaching and guidance (influence) - so that the talent employees are limited only by their imagination. Being a leader means giving people confidence on where to go (vision) and how to get there, supporting them and also stretching them to live to their full potential, both individually and as members of a high performing team. To support effectiveness and achievement of final results, to ensure positive and inspiring working culture, to motivate, to be confident and trustworthy working with the people, having communication with stakeholders, and transform vision into the reality. Leadership vision is being great by making positive influence; without affecting anyone in any negative way. Being a leader takes one to have a desire to do better than others in certain domains, to practice thought leadership for making a profound influence, while creating themselves a platform of influence in wherever they are. Leadership is an influence. So the vision and intention of becoming a leader are to facilitate and encourage, as change is often an uncomfortable, yet necessary part of reaching and maintaining success.

Vision-Innovation: "Vision" and "innovation," are different but complementary skills."Vision" is a destination and 'innovation' is the better process, tools, cultures, etc. to get you there. If vision is about the "end" status, then innovation is the means to the end. “Vision" thing has to go hand in hand with execution and value contribution. Business leaders must DELIVER, and deliver with creativity and innovation in order to outperform and be aligned with the defined objectives. Everyone in the leadership team has a gift and the future business is very complex. Business models and technologies are changing very rapidly, therefore, today’s business leaders must navigate through complexity based on the visions, and out beat competitors via innovation.

Vision is “must have,” not a “nice to have” quality for leaders, especially for C-level, if they are implementing the visions of other people, they are not the Chiefs; or if they are doing “administration” only, they are more as a manager, not a leader. Leadership is about direction via vision-strategy articulation; leadership is about change via vision-influence enablement, and leadership is about progress via vision-innovation game changing.


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