“Leaders are limited by their vision rather than by their abilities.”― Roy T. Bennett.
Leaders should be visionary. A vision is a clear picture of what you want to achieve. It doesn’t matter how small you start with your business, and the sky’s the limit when it comes to vision. Vision is not about where you started but where you want your business to be in the future. It may not be there yet, but a vision is what the future may hold. We all want to be successful in the business that we are doing and vision is the beginning of that success. A leader without a clear vision for the business is bound to fail in no time. Without vision, a leader is like aiming blindly at something that he does not know about.
Vision also plays a critical role in your team dynamics. As a leader, it is your responsibility to cast the vision to your team. Where you want to be one day should be clear for the team who will make that happen. The vision should leak from the leadership team down to the people working in the field. Everyone should know the company’s vision. But why?
Vision unifies your team.
“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”― Simon Sinek.
Teamwork can make the dream work. However, teamwork happens when everyone knows and believes in the long-term goal. That is why the team needs to understand their job description and believe in the company’s vision. Vision is what captures your team to work at their best. Unity naturally comes as each one knows that the team believes and works for the same vision.
Vision inspires your team to action.
Good leaders have a vision and inspire others to help them turn vision into reality. ―Roy T. Bennett
A powerful vision inspires the team to act and give their best to turn that vision into reality. It leads people to commitment and persistence, along with energy and enthusiasm in the work that they are doing. They know that they are not working for the sake of earning money but making a difference and being part of something significant and worthwhile.
Vision keeps your team focused.
Having a powerful vision and having your team onboard make that vision happen gives everyone a sense of focus. The vision directs every decision that the team will be making. Each one knows their priorities and will give their best to finish the assigned tasks because they know the end goal of doing the things they do.
Vision is essential, but how does a vision should look like?
A vision should first and foremost be clear, especially to you as a leader. You cannot cast something that isn’t clear to you, and you cannot expect your team to believe in something that you can’t even correctly define. Aside from that, a vision should be powerful, meaning it creates an impact. A vision should be something big and should speak in the hearts of your team, making them want to be part of it. It should encourage growth and change to each one as well. More than just earning, a vision should create that sense of purpose for the team. It should come from the heart, not only in mind. And most importantly, you as a leader should be 100% sold out to it, believing it with all your heart because you cannot expect others to believe something that you do not even believe yourself. Therefore, a vision is something that you as a leader should live by knowing and believing fully well what you want to happen with your business in the future.
A visionary leader will lead the whole team towards the success of the organization. Always remind yourself that you have to be visionary as a leader because people in your organization depend on your leadership. The growth and direction of the business will solely depend on you being a visionary.