Inspiring a Shared Vision
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. – Vince Lombardi
The most effective leaders paint a compelling image of the future that is well communicated and embraced by their team. Sadly, however, this is not always achieved -- 78 percent of US employees are not convinced that their leaders have a clear direction for their business or organization according to Gallup’s 2018 State of the American Workplace Report.
Quint Suder notes in Hardwiring Excellence that the most successful leaders, “connect results back to purpose, worthwhile work, and making a difference.” Inspiring a shared process is a key leadership competency cited by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner in their book The Leadership Challenge. This involves multiple aspects including:
starting with purpose
bringing passion to your work
giving meaning to work
appealing to shared possibilities
sharing best practices
motivating others toward shared goals
creating a positive workplace culture.
For Further Thought: Do your staff have a clear understanding of how their role contributes to the greater business/organizational purpose? What messages are you sending to your team? What can you do to better communicate your vision and ensure staff buy in?
As a leader, you have an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Don’t underestimate your impact!
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