Why Vision Matters
I came across an insightful quote about vision from Michael Hyatt who is the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers.
“This is where great leadership makes all the difference. Leadership is more than influence. It is about reminding people of what it is we are trying to build—and why it matters. It is about painting a picture of a better future. It comes down to pointing the way and saying, “C’mon. We can do this!”
When times are tough, vision is the first casualty. Before conditions can improve, it is the first thing we must recover.
I thought this was well said. Having a strong vision is one of many ways to lead an organization, and I think it’s a powerful motivator when leadership can paint a clear and compelling picture of the future.
And of course, sometimes the path ahead isn’t so clear. Then what do you do? Be disciplined and step back and thing about the horizon.
Of course, it isn’t everyone’s style to create a compelling vision. Direction is only one aspect of an organization that needs to be in sync. Still, I believe it’s important to let others who tend to think this way participate in setting a compelling direction.