Concealed inside of Jeffrey Landers is an introvert who knows how to lead and needs to get his employees buy-in for his vision for the next level of success. Criticized for his introverted personality Jeffrey has been behind the scenes making sure his employees get the things they need to get work accomplished. He recognizes his employees and in return, there is an increase in productivity that his predecessors did not have before.
“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion.” -Theodore Hesburgh, President of the University of Notre Dame
With the courage, commitment, and passion great leaders have for achieving great results, I believe vision is most important to make the other ingredients work together. The idea of leadership without vision puts you at a disadvantage with regard to where you are now and where you want to go next.
Vision is the cornerstone of great leadership and great accomplishment. An effective vision is critical as it require effective action and this means people cannot spend time checking with an executive every time a critical decision needs to be made.
Jack Welch, CEO of GE said, ‘Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.’ Striving for the vision will always involve change.
In order to reach the leadership spot you had to motivate your teams along the way. Now, you need to continue motivating them to implement strategies, you need to motivate them to bring your vision for the organization to life. When you tap into your skills, talent and knowledge, you communicate your vision and ideas which are fueled by your energy.
Leaders can’t lead without dealing with people in a multitude of settings. If I am not willing to compensate, I should not be a leader.
“Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” - Jonathan Swift
They must practice LBWA or leadership by walking around. This helps introverted leaders three ways: (1) LBWA gives introverted leaders the opportunity and practice to interact with their employees, (2) as a leader, you can get feedback from employees, and (3) by interacting with employees on a daily basis, your employees will feel a greater satisfaction and you will see their engagement increase. All of this helps the leader see for themselves that their vision is being implemented and you are able to work out any challenges that may occur.
All great leaders have a vision. Leaders share a dream and direction that other people want to share and follow. The leadership vision goes beyond your written organizational mission statement and your vision statement. A vision statement is not a vision. It’s just one of many ways that we can use to express a vision.
Creative and innovative leaders are not stuck in the paradigms of today, but rather see the path for tomorrow. To pull together as a team, the people you lead need a common vision of where you’re trying to go. An effective vision is much broader than a vision statement stuck up somewhere on the corporate head office wall.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a great deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where-” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
– Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Visionary leaders are notable risk-takers. These leaders are willing to take a chance on something they believe in.
Visionary leaders are strategic planners. Like a chess player, these leaders plan ahead to make the best business moves. Strategic planning involves creating an action plan with a particular strategy in mind
Visionary Leaders are Have an Open Mindset
Visionary leaders are open to new information, ideas, opinions and suggestions. Inflexible people, once they make up their mind, cannot be persuaded, nor do they continue to search for or take in new information. Visionaries know that each new piece of information can yield an insight that helps solve a problem or create a breakthrough.
Having the vision to break out of the norm and aim for great things is an essential characteristic of good leadership. By seeing what can be and managing the goals on how to get there, a good leader can create impressive change.
The ability to see possibilities that others don’t see is one of the hallmarks of great leaders. Establishing an inspiring vision is one of your most important responsibilities as a leader. Good visions are compelling. They energize people and drive organizations.
Leaders develop the confidence to take the necessary steps to risk falling down and getting back up in order to fulfill their vision. By doing whatever it takes, you need to be brave enough to let the world see through your eyes.
“These types of leaders who focus on vision have an enormous impact on the organization’s growth and profit. Visionary leaders are innovative thinkers and innovation can translate into significant growth opportunities.”
Vision doesn’t only happen on grand scales. It happens every day people commit to a common dream. A good vision is meaningful, inspires employees and drives goal-oriented action. Vision without action remains a dream unfulfilled. Action without vision spins the wheels in neutral. Vision with aligned action can change your world.
You must paint a vision that is desirable, challenging and believable. Just painting the picture is not enough. Illustrate the vision, the goals and the challenges. Without action, visions are just dreams. Where is your organization in relation to your vision?