Do You Need to See It to Believe It?
As an Elegant Leader, you provide strength for your teams when you understand the power of vision. Those you lead must know you deeply believe in where you’re leading them and why. Visionary leadership means keeping hope and possibility in front of everyone. It’s recognizing your job as a leader is Chief Visionary every day. Click the link to learn more
How strongly do you feel about the vision you’re working toward?
What fear, doubt, or worry gets in the way of your vision?
What more do you need to do to own your vision?
Vision is the foundation for our strength as leaders. In our heart, soul, mind, and strength framework, strength is anchored by visionary leadership. Great visionary leaders inspire strength by keeping hope and possibility in front of themselves and those they lead.
It’s been said that the first task of the leader is to define reality. The second is to map out where you’re going. The strength comes from an assurance of the future.
They lead because they know where they are going and communicate clearly to those who choose to follow them.
How is your vision directed? When vision is lacking and hope is lost, we lose heart. We often talk about the importance of vision casting for leaders, or do we need to reframe it as “hope casting.” Casting a hope-filled vision provides strength for ourselves and those we lead.
Casting vision is not simply about being a cheerleader, however. While there are occasions when that is appropriate or even required, true visionary leadership occurs when a leader inspires others with a plan and also has the track record to follow it through to reality.
Vision without action creates pipe dream wishes. Visionary leaders are more than dreamers; they are doers. Visionary leaders repeatedly remind those they lead to where they are going and why and then develop the plans for follow-through.
Visionary leaders engage their minds and think strategically about the plans and purposes – the WHY, a higher purpose – keeps them grounded and thinking with clarity. They are serious about their responsibility to steward the vision that’s been entrusted to them, and they develop ways to bring that vision to reality through the people they lead.
Heart, soul, mind, and strength are the completeness of our leadership. It’s all of who we are working together. When we bring our whole hearts, when we bring our brilliant minds, when we bring our passionate souls, and when we bring our relentless strength to the leadership table, we bring our best selves. One without the other leaves our leadership wanting and incomplete.
Heart, soul, mind, and strong leaders are compelling. They are warm, engaging, confident, and strong. It’s not that extraordinary leaders are perfect. Even the greatest leaders among us are still growing and still being molded into what they’ve been called to lead and to be; however, leaders who lead consistently from heart, soul, mind, and strength are a little further along the leadership development path.
“Leaders must be tough enough to fight, tender enough to cry, human enough to make mistakes, humble enough to admit them, strong enough to absorb the pain, and resilient enough to bounce back and keep on moving.” – Rev. Jesse Jackson