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!