It’s ironic, the word “vision,” associated with sight, is something that’s hard to see. We want our vision to be clear, yet our perspective of the future is often vague, murky or cloudy.
If you’re the leader, and want others to willingly follow you and struggle for a shared aspiration, you must describe a vivid picture of the future. Before the team decides to hop on the train and go along for the ride, they need to know where you’re taking them. They’d like some idea of what it will be like when they reach their final destination.
Inspiring A Shared Vision is one of the five practices of The Leadership Challenge. Studies show most leaders don’t spend enough time thinking about their vision. Why do you think that’s the case?
I was motivated to write this post after watching a video. Did you know it’s impossible to walk a straight line without a frame of reference in the distance? Here’s a mother, conducting a science project with her son. She was certain she’d be able to walk a straight line donning a blindfold. I’ve viewed a number of clips where people have attempted this experiment and the results are always the same. Take a look.
How about you? Do you carve out enough time in the day to envision your future? What’s worked, what hasn’t, and what have you learned? I’d like to hear your comments below.