Every influential leader navigates their path with a vision. A vision is more than just an idea, it’s the leader’s commitment to effectively communicate and involve their team to transform it into a tangible reality. A vision is a clear purpose that drives the leader forward. This purpose needs to be universal and practical, aligning with every aspect of the organization.
Why Establish a Vision?
To build loyalty and commitment, team members shouldn’t just be aware of the vision, they should actively participate in shaping it. This involvement can take various forms, from rewards such as promotions to a shared belief in common values.
The leaders should make sure that the vision is personally meaningful and can create emotional bonds that inspire dedication.
Why is Leadership Important?
Leadership in this co-creative process means inviting team members into the conversation, seeking their input and working together on execution. This makes the vision an integral part of each team member and those who perceive personal or material benefits tied to the vision are more likely to invest in its success.
How to Convey the Vision?
Effective leaders are usually good at expressing their goals consistently. Communication isn’t just about stating the vision, it’s about showing how each person’s contributions help realize it.
Without effective communication, motivating teams to connect with the vision can be challenging. As emotional engagement is crucial, leaders must strive to connect with their teams on a personal level.
Leaders as Vision Advocates
Embracing co-creation, leaders can show confidence in their team’s abilities. This nurtures a sense of shared ownership, empowering each team member to contribute their unique strengths. Leaders can uphold the vision by:
- Setting clear expectations
- Using contextual intelligence
- Asking meaningful questions
- Leading from behind with guardrails
- Coaching and cultivating
- Maintaining clear and effective communication.
What can be the Barriers to Execution?
Even with a committed leader, internal barriers such as:
- Lack of transparency
Denial or avoidance
- Perfectionism and
- Lack of humility can hinder the co-creative process.
Leaders must recognize and address these barriers for successful execution.