Some think you either focus on the vision or you focus on the practical, and that’s just how the world is. But great leaders know they must be able to see both the long-term vision and the next step, and you can learn how to do it.
As a leader, your job is to lead toward the vision. Your team may lose sight of it, but you are the steward. It takes dedication to refrain from getting derailed and lost in the details. You need to support the vision so strongly that others in the organization want to make it happen.
If you want to be an effective leader, you have to be able to see the vision, communicate the vision, set the direction toward the vision, and model taking action. That doesn’t mean you have to know every detail or every step of the way, but you do have to be able to guide your organization when they get stuck.
Sometimes, you may need to adjust your direction based on changing circumstances. Unfortunately, that’s the time many leaders get lost. They go into reaction mode, adjust the direction, and forget where they were going. In those times, it’s most important to expand your perspective to see the present circumstances in the context of achieving your long-term vision.
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP ACTION PLAN
Where do you most often focus?
What can you do to expand your perspective?
“What you think is the top is only a step.”