Do you know the Christmas story of three wise men from the east who followed a star to find the baby Jesus? The star they saw guided them to their destination. They were determined to get there because they had important gifts to present to Jesus. They wanted to make the journey. They followed a certain star, and delivered their gifts! Leaders also have very important gifts to deliver: gifts of good leadership to colleagues and followers who depend on that leadership to guide, support, and encourage them. The model of determination, commitment, and generosity that the wise men displayed is a motivating example for leaders to emulate year-round.
Let’s take a lesson from aviators: learn to focus on what will save you and further your mission. Foggles resemble over-sized eyeglasses; they are “frosted” except for narrow, clear areas at the bottom of the lenses, designed to restrict the view to a small area. Worn by students learning to fly aircraft by instruments only, they force the wearer to rely on the only thing visible—the instrument panel! It’s the discipline of relying on information the pilot receives from objective instruments of measurement—not feelings, physical sensation, or optical illusion. Pilots with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) training can fly through clouds, inclement weather, and darkness. This skill can save lives. Fatal accidents have occurred when non-IFR pilots have become disoriented, relying on their physical feelings of orientation—thinking they were ascending—when in reality they were descending to a tragic crash. Foggles are a tool used to develop the discipline of acting in productive response to reality, especially when it seems counterintuitive—to make course corrections that keep you on course and safe. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were Foggles for developing this kind of discipline in leadership focus—to keep your company or organization on the right trajectory for success? There are…
The signers of the Declaration of Independence communicated a clear and compelling vision for a new kind of government.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Do you have a vision for yourself, your organization, or your business? A compelling picture of your future; an “ultimate destination”; a blueprint for victory? Leadership author Burt Nanus concludes, “There is no more powerful engine driving an organization toward excellence and long-range success than an attractive, worthwhile, achievable vision for the future, widely shared.” How great to know where you are going! It’s even better when you communicate confidence in your ability to get there. Here are three essentials for a vivid, compelling, and concise vision statement.
Are you leading someone, or a group of people? How did it happen? Were you assigned or asked to do it, did you volunteer, or did you wind up as “the leader” by default because no one else wanted the responsibility? No matter how you end up leading, and whether it’s at work, in the community, school, or church—the responsibility is the same: lead followers to work well together, unite around a common purpose, and achieve excellent results. How do you do it? It seems like it’s all about you, but then again—no; it’s all about who you lead!
Actually, it’s not one or the other, it’s both. Keep the “you” focused on people, purpose and performance. Then, facilitate followers as they prosper in their efforts and produce great things.
Have you noticed? In our current economic climate, some people are confident about the direction for their business or organization. Even facing many of the same challenges you do, they seem to move ahead undaunted by obstacles. Maybe you would like to possess that kind of focus on a preferable future. Do you have a vision for yourself, your organization, or your business? A compelling picture of your future; an “ultimate destination”? Continue reading