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People who love their jobs have passion for their work.  Leaders who have a passion for what they do pass it on to their direct reports through what psychologists call “psychosocial contagions.”  Best of all, when their direct reports have the same feeling, it encourages the leaders to maintain their intensity.  Your passion can be expressed in your personal vision. Do you have a personal vision?

Before creating a vision for your organization, it’s important to have a personal vision. By having a clear picture of where you want to go personally, you can connect it to the vision for the organization. This will provide your own inspiration, while keeping you on track and personally motivated along the way.

As you create your vision, focus on what you really want in life as well as work. Let your vision be the description of your perfect world and don’t worry if it’s feasible or not. Make it real in your mind so you can see it and feel it.

As Steve Jobs said, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”  What is your vision?

 

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP ACTION PLAN:

If you don’t have a clear vision yet, it’s time to formulate one.  Here are three key questions to get you started:

  • When your life is ending, what will you regret not doing, seeing, or achieving?
  • What strengths have other people commented on about you and your accomplishments? What strengths do you see in yourself?
  • What one step can you take in the direction of your personal vision?

 

“Leaders are more than goal-directed, they are vision-directed.”

~ Warren Bennis