5 Things Leadership Does — Sharing Vision


Note: This post is the first in a five-part series look­ing at 5 things lead­er­ship does.

Being a leader is about more than just a title or a posi­tion. Great lead­ers know that lead­er­ship is a verb. They put their thoughts and ideas in motion by tak­ing action to truly moti­vate, inspire and lead their peo­ple, allow­ing them to get the best from those around them.

On Tues­day, March 19, I’ll be lead­ing a Champion’s Edge Webi­nar on the 5 Things Lead­er­ship Does. You can reg­is­ter for it here.

Over the next few weeks, I will dive deeper into each of the five here in my blog. I will start each post off with a ques­tion. If you answer yes, then there is really no need for you to read any fur­ther. But if you respond with a no, then the post should help.

Here’s this week’s ques­tion: Are you shar­ing your vision with the reg­u­lar­ity that your plan calls for?

Now this of course assumes that you have a plan in place for how you go about shar­ing and plan­ning from your vision. Too many lead­ers make the huge invest­ment of time to cre­ate their visions and then they may share what they see once — but that is it.

Often times when you see an orga­ni­za­tion that is accom­plish­ing great results, has extra­or­di­nary cul­ture, engaged and tenured team­mates, you will see a leader who is shar­ing and plan­ning from the vision all of the time.

Here are some ways I’ve seen lead­ers con­sis­tently and effec­tively share their vision.

  1. Share a por­tion of your vision in your weekly team meetings.
  2. Share your vision at the begin­ning of each strate­gic plan­ning meeting.
  3. Share an appro­pri­ate part of your vision when con­duct­ing one-on-one meet­ings with your direct reports.
  4. Share it will all poten­tial new hires to see if it res­onates with them.
  5. Read it all at cor­po­rate cel­e­bra­tions or a por­tion of it at larger team meetings.
  6. Read it weekly your­self to ensure that you are not get­ting off track or los­ing steam but instead are laser focused on where you are lead­ing your team and the why behind the plans the orga­ni­za­tion is executing.

There is room to improve with all of us. Pick one of the six above tips and own it. You and your team will reach new heights if you do.

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