A few years ago, my wife and I went to Barcelona for a long weekend. We decided that we would go on one of the bicycle tours . Although it knocked us out for the next three days (we’re super-fit like that), we thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour guide was funny, knew where he was going, the safest way to get there and had lots of interesting facts to tell us.
Now consider if I landed in Barcelona, decided to set up a bicycle tour company that afternoon, found a few unsuspecting tourists and away we go. I would’ve been a leader for all of about 3 minutes until they realised that I actually had no vision i.e. I didn’t know where I was taking them or how to get there.
When I consider the word ‘vision’ it sounds so much like 90’s management speak. And yes, it has been thrown around to the point of being cliché and almost meaningless.
But hopefully that delightful bicycle tour story shows that vision is just as important today as when someone first caught onto the idea and wrote a book about it.
Clay Lowe suggests Live the Vision is the first cornerstone of good leadership.
Firstly, you need to have a clear and compelling vision. This can be applied in your corporate and personal life. What is the vision that you have for your team, department, company, charity, family? Where are you headed? How will you know when you get there? Consider La Sagrada Familia on the left. If Gaudi wasn’t clear as to what he was trying to achieve, that incredible church would probably not be there, or look very confused.
Tomorrow we will look at three steps to help you develop a clear and compelling vision and to live the vision.