Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Leadership Vision : MAJOR(R)Khalid Nasr The very essence of leadership is---vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. Leaders have vision. They share a dream and direction that other people want to share and follow. The leadership vision goes beyond your written organizational mission statement and your vision statement. The vision of leadership permeates the workplace and is manifested in the actions, beliefs, values and goals of your organization’s leaders. Leadership Vision Fundamentals Leaders can inspire with their own vision. In fact, most businesses were started because the founder had a vision about what he or she could create. Sharing that vision with others in a way that compels them to act is the secret to a successful leadership vision. These are the fundamentals necessary for a vision that excites and motivates people to follow the leader. The vision must: 1.Clearly set organizational direction and purpose; 2.Inspire loyalty and caring through the involvement of all employees; 3.Display and reflect the unique strengths, culture, values, beliefs and direction of the organization; 4.Inspire enthusiasm, belief, commitment and excitement in company members; 5.Help employees believe that they are part of something bigger than themselves and their daily work; 6.Be regularly communicated and shared; 7.Challenge people to outdo themselves, to stretch and reach. Characteristics of a Successful Leadership Style 1.Be the person others choose to follow. 2.Provide vision for the future. 3.Provide inspiration. 4.Make other people feel important and appreciated. 5.Live your values. Behave ethically. 6.Set the pace through your expectations and example. 7.Establish an environment of continuous improvement. 8.Provide opportunities for people to grow, both personally and professionally. 9.Care and act with compassion.