7 Lessons Learned As A Vision Leader

We all can and should learn from other people’s lives and achievements as well as their mistakes and our own. Mistakes are gifts of opportunity. See them, learn from them, and move forward, learning from all people all the time. Never stop learning from every source you have available. I’ve heard that close to 50 percent of college graduates never read another book after leaving school. Don’t let that be said of you. Read, think, watch, learn and grow. I have learned from so many great leaders both in person - observing them and seizing every opportunity to ask questions - and by reading about them or reading their works about how they fulfill vision. The lessons I’ve learned over the years about improving my leadership style, disciplines and vision processes are numerous…

Here is a quick-glance at 7 lessons I’ve learned over the years. I hope that these lessons will help you accomplish what you envision and help you become a better vision leader.

1. Vision is a thing of your heart.

“Vision itself is a powerful force - a heart filled with a sense of excitement, possibility and energy. Vision in the heart of a leader refuses to join the status quo, creates a sense of urgency and inspires others to join in.”

2. Vision is shaped by a positive mindset.

“A great vision leader creates a vision, passionately articulates the vision and relentlessly drives it to completion. This doesn’t happen without a strong positive mindset that can filter all the challenges and setbacks.”

3. Vision is a multidimensional alignment.

“Bringing vision out of the secret place in your heart at the wrong time can destroy a vision. Impatience can cause irreparable problems with the vision.”

4. Vision requires course adjustments.

“You have to be willing to depart from the old ways of doing things, especially if those things are not essential to your core vision and principles. The thing that got you to the top 10 years ago might be what is holding you back now in a changed culture and a new audience.”

5. Vision is fueled more by discipline than creativity and charisma.

“The power of vision is not in your personality of in your phenomenal communication skills. Vision is fueled by others strengths and processes, and it is a discipline of continuity that makes great vision happen.”

6. Vision is a team thing, not a solo expedition.

“I have learned that the power of a team far exceeds anything one person could ever create.”

7. Vision necessitates accountability.

“Part of the reason everyone has to be accountable for his or her part in making the vision happen is because everyone’s role in the vision is important.”

This is taken from my book Strategic Vision. In the book I expand on these 7 lessons and much, much more!

Preaching Journey

Preaching! Is there something about this word that grabs you? Does it excite you? Bewilder you?

Preaching is something we preachers do at least once a week and as much as four to five times each week. So how did you feel about your preaching this week? Did you connect? Were you in the zone?

Preaching is one of those experiences that is very difficult to define or explain to someone. Just when you think you hit the mark and walk away saying, “Now that is how I should preach all the time,” someone will say something like, “Did you forget what your main point was? You seemed to be wandering around in the message.” Or “Did you get enough rest last night; you seemed tired today.” Or “I really liked the story but I didn’t get your point.” People will always say very different things after you preach so don’t exegete what they say.

Remember that preaching is an ever-learning journey. Always be learning and improving yet also be content knowing you will never preach good enough to satisfy your own standard of preaching. Seek to do your very best, never shirking on preparation and study. But also never forget that the preacher is simply an instrument God uses and the results are in His hands. Keep your focus on the Word of God, not on other people’s praise or criticism. Preaching begins in the Bible and ends in the Bible. Be a Bible-centered preacher and allow God to use your preaching for His glory.

If you’re looking for some resources on strengthening your preaching check out my Proven Laws for Powerful Preaching free download or register for my Damazio Mentoring Experience: Mentoring The Preacher Event.

5 Book Recommendations for Leaders

One of the most asked questions that I get is what books I would recommend someone to read, so here are 5 of my favorite recommendations for leaders. Start out your 2019 reading goals with some of these.

The Go Point by Michael Useem

Connecting Christ by Paul Louis Metzger

MOJO - How To Keep It by Marshall Goldsmith

Stuck by Terry B. Walling

Never Go Back by Dr. Henry Cloud

What are some of your favorite leadership book recommendations? Let me know in the comments!