I’ve been blessed with better than 20/20 vision in my life. However, my eyes are useless when it comes to being able to see what those following me are counting on me to see……what the future could be.
Today we continue with part 2 of my Leaders Lead Series with the topic of vision in leadership. (You can read part 1 here.)
If you’re in any type of leadership role, people are counting on you to to lead them somewhere better than where they are. You can’t take them there unless you can see where you’re going. Leaders without vision are flying blind and everyone behind them pays price.
Vision at it’s core is being able to see a preferred future. Here are a few examples of where having a vision comes into play: having a vision for your life, a group, a community, an organization, a cause or nation….whatever needs to move from where it is to where it should be. Vision is the ability to see that preferred future before it’s a reality.
Leading Vs. Managing
It’s important stop and note an important difference between leaders and managers. People that merely organize and manage what already exists are managers. They’ve been given a role and directions by a leader and now they manage the status quo. In contrast, leaders are leading someone or something forward toward a better future. While they still need to organize and manage those they lead, they are taking their team toward a destination away from the the same ol’, same ol’.
2 questions for you:
1. With the above defintion in mind are you a leader or a manager?
Be honest with yourself here. Being in charge of something doesn’t mean you’re leading. Just like putting your boots in the oven doesnt make them biscuits. (Yeah, I’m from Texas.) Being in charge just means you’re responsible.
2. Can you see clearly where you’d like to take your self, team, church, organization?
If the answer is no…you need to get a vision! Let me recommend a great book on crafting your vision from nothing called, “Visioneering” by Andy Stanley. The book has been a huge help to me and I believe it could be helpful to you as well.
If your answer is, “Yes, I can see where I want to go clearly” then that’s your vision! It’s not enough to have the vision. You have to be casting it….sharing it….painting this portrait of a preferred reality for those you lead. In doing so, you’ll inspire those you lead and you’ll keep your ultimate goal in front of you and your team. (Here’s another great book on Vision by Andy: “Making Vision Stick”.)
Leaders, God has a vision for you. See it. Seize it. Own it. Share it.
(Share with me! In one sentence what do you believe your vision is for your life or area of leadership.)
(My vision (preferred future) is that you share this post with the share buttons on the left and subscribe to my blog by e-mail on the right!)