Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The “Leadership Master” Book Tuning IV: Vision as a Guide Light

Leadership is all about future and change. Leadership vision is to serve as an enabler to make profound influences.

Vision is not the “Nice to have,” but “Must have” quality for top leaders today in order to direct the organization toward the uncharted water in today’s “VUCA” digital dynamic. Vision provides insight into where an organization needs to go and is future oriented. A vision is how you see the future unfolding, how you dream about what the future will look like from your standpoint, and how to direct people and business toward the destination you envisioned?

A predictive view: Vision is a future state of being, vision makes you feel passion about what is going to happen - the opportunities. It is a clear choice among future scenarios that promotes certain behavior. A visionary mind has the ability to think the past, perceive what is now and foresee the future. Visionary leaders see possibilities before others, but they also need to tackle great challenges with grand consequences over long time spans; they convey a vision based on principles that make an advanced movement. They intuitively draw on the timeless wisdom and cognizance and present it in a new synthesis and frame the fresh picture to meet the particular need of the times.

Leadership vision is to be guiding light: A clarified vision informs the Change Agenda and requires leadership. Being a leader means giving people confidence on where to go 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. Leadership vision is to be guiding light to support effectiveness and achievement of final results, to ensure positive and inspiring working culture, to motivate the team, to be confident and trustworthy working with the people, to take the initiatives of communication with stakeholders, and transform vision into the reality.

Be the vision in action: The vision is dynamic that change is constant. There is always something to learn anytime, but one must be present at the place and at the right position to improve vision every day. Leaders have to live and be the vision. If a vision exists only on paper, it is useless. It follows the wonderful quote, "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." Vision must be translated into the forward-thinking mindset and personal behavior from leaders to the rest of the organization, but also in business structure and processes, to provide for coherence to the organization in order to build up confidence for all stakeholders involved.

Leadership is all about future and change. Leadership vision is to serve as an enabler to make profound influences. Vision is indeed crucial, the leaders need to observe, perceive, and pay attention to the myriad of internal, external, national or global forces that define and influence the way we do business these days. With a clear vision, the effective leadership has great capacities of keeping the mind focused on the goal and understanding how to motivate multi-generational and multicultural workforce through inspiration, motivation, energizing, co-creating and innovating.


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