Creating a Compelling Vision- The First Step to Great Leadership

As a leader in your organization, part of your job is to get the other people that you work with on the bus.  (Getting the right people on the bus and in the right seats is a discussion topic for another time)

Some people may eagerly hop on the bus. Others will probably be more hesitant. They’ll ask things like, “Where is the bus going?” Don’t you think they should know where you’re taking them? Think about it. If you were to go to the bus station and ask a bus driver, where is this bus going? And the bus driver replied, “We’re going to drive around a bit, but there’s no set destination. We’ll see how the trip goes and play it by ear.”  That is probably not the bus you want to hop on.  Well, that’s how your people feel when you haven’t determined where you are taking your company and where they’re headed on the company bus.

So, the first thing you’ll have to do as the company bus driver is pick a destination.  One of the most important responsibilities of a leader is to shape and communicate the vision to everyone in their organization.   A simple and understandable vision is essential since delegation to and empowerment of your people depends on a shared understanding of the organizational purpose. A vision should honor the past but prepare for the future. Most importantly, a vision must be “lived.” If your vision is not “lived” every day in every way, it will be hollow and empty. It will not empower anyone. In fact, it may do more harm than good. And you’ll find more people not wanting to ride on your bus.