Vision Helps You See The Road Ahead!
Why is vision so important? Without a clear vision of where we’re going as a team, there is a greater sense of uncertainty as to what the future holds. That lack of uncertainty can result in people going through a range of emotions.
Tension build up within a team as individuals try to understand their role in the organization, and how his role relates with his or her colleagues.
The need for power can result in disagreements in their job, accountability, responsibility, as well as a reluctance to seek out input from others.
Problems arise in focusing on task, including the day to day responsibilities that are core to the organization.
Feelings of doubt about the team dynamics, team purpose, purpose of self, which can cause people to look for security and reinforcement elsewhere.
If the vision is impaired or unclear for a brief period of time, these challenges can be overcome and the team can arrive safely at its destination.
If the vision is impaired for a longer period of time, the results could certainly be deadly and any hope of achieving objectives can be abandoned.
Vision is the art of seeing the invisible - Jonathan Swift
The world changes at an incredible speed and elements are so interconnected that it is impossible to ensure a clear vision at all times. How do we survive periods where the vision isn’t clear? When it is clear, how do the greatest leaders communicate that vision?
Here’s what I’ve seen from some of the best leaders:
Community – they build a sense of community within the team and that helps the team survive moments where clarity may be lacking. They encourage dialogue, create formats for sharing information among the team and encourage the team members to lean on each other and support each other.
Transparency is key – they share what they know and what they don’t.
Education can make all the difference – they explain what factors or elements are in flux so that the team can better understand what’s causing the vision to be foggy at the moment.
Involvement leads to a stronger vision – they engage the team to create and reshape the vision.
Endless communication is a must – they share their vision in as many different formats and forums as possible, such as presentations, one-on-ones, small group meetings, emails, etc.
The long term view remains important – they immediately respond to the challenges in the short-term and quickly develop a plan to manage through the issues at hand, yet remember to keep that long term view in mind, focusing their team on the destination.
Perseverance and flexibility – they don’t make sharing their vision a one-time campaign. Instead, they continue to share and most importantly, they listen. They pick up on the cues from the team, from their peers, from leadership, from audiences who may not even have a stake in their work. They sort through the feedback daily and mull over what that feedback tells them. If the vision still isn’t clear, perhaps a key element is being missed or the vision isn’t being presented in a way that sticks.
As our world continues to change quickly, the importance of vision will grow exponentially.