- Vision must spell out a clear and compelling picture so that there is a strong reason to pursue and persevere. It must be audacious and SMART where SMART is the acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound.
- It should be simple and straight, and challenging and inspiring.
- It must convey company’s value system, culture, ethics and etiquette. It should never be a mere rhetoric but must be realistic.
- It must be challenging enough to enable the people to put in their energies and efforts aggressively.
- It must neither be too short nor too big. It must convey the ideals and ideas of the organization for which it stands and aspires to achieve.
Friday, 14 August 2015
“Craft Your Vision to Grow as a Visionary Leader” ―Professor M.S.Rao
“Leadership is not magnetic personality — that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not 'making friends and influencing people' — that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” ―Peter Drucker
When you look at leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Lee Kuan Yew, Henry Ford, John Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Sam Walton, and Steve Jobs, they are all visionary leaders who showed the right direction to the world in their spheres. The world transformed from Stone Age to space age due to the contribution of several visionary leaders. Human progress and prosperity is not possible without visionary leaders.
Visionary leadership is the process of creating an idea, building a team, communicating with them and inspiring them with stories to convert ideas into realities. It transforms the lives of people to make a difference to the societies. The leaders’ vision comes from their convictions. It comes from their passion. It comes from their values. It comes from their ethics and etiquette. Vision makes things easier and clearer for others. It clears the clutter and makes the path free from obstacles.
Visionary leadership is not conventional leadership. It is different and unique from normal leadership. The primary focus of visionary leadership is to emphasize on passion and vision and subsequently on mission followed by execution to achieve organizational goals and objectives. It links from present to future. Succinctly, visionary leadership is all about looking into the future and predicting the future. It is all about seeing the invisible. It is being enthusiastic about uncertainty and complexity.
Hallmarks of Visionary Leaders
Walt Disney once remarked, “You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.” Visionary leaders are farsighted who always look at the implications and complications while making decisions. They go by the road less traveled. They don’t indulge in continuous firefighting as it diverts their attention from their goals. They are clearly focused on their goals and objectives. They constantly change their strategies, styles and approaches but not their goals. They take more time in fixing their goals. Once goals are fixed they commit to them and work towards accomplishing them. They have gut feelings and follow intuition. They inspire others. They are attentive listeners. They facilitate teams successfully. They mobilize people towards their dreams successfully. They have the ability to connect their dots and charisma to connect with their people. They focus keenly on the journey to reach their destination. They endeavor to be within the track so that they don’t lose sight of their destination. They have vision and vigor and focus on long-term results, not short-term setbacks. They are highly focused on their goals. They lead from front. They inspire their people and take them forward energetically. They are imaginative at heart. They have ideas and insights and are bold to take their people forward successfully. They believe in themselves. They know where they are going. They are undeterred by shocks and setbacks. They are prepared to risk their lives for the sake of their people. They are born optimists and radiate positive energy and enthusiasm. They take the blame in case of failure and spread the fame in case of success. They show visual pictures to their followers to accomplish organizational goals and objectives. Vision gives kick to the people. It moves the people forward with energy and enthusiasm. Visionary leaders are path makers and destiny makers. They combine emotions to convey and communicate their goals. Above all, they are moral leaders who walk their talk.
How to Craft Your Vision Statement?
Vision statement must preferably be below 100 words and in present tense to have effectiveness. It requires imaginative mind to craft one. Here are some tools to craft a better vision statement:
Political visionary leaders such as Theodore Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr have provided direction to America when needed. Additionally, John F Kennedy envisioned putting a man on the moon with his visionary leadership. To conclude, there should not be any gap between preaching and practicing to make vision meaningful and realistic. Companies must mobilize their people around a common cause by crafting better vision statements. The success of any company depends on its right presentation of vision statement and execution of mission statement and that is possible only through visionary leadership.
"Leadership is the ability to translate vision into reality." ―Warren G. Bennis
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