The Attributes of Leadership (3)

Vision

Vision is determining the direction of your organisation in the short and long term.

A leader with vision articulates their vision in a clear and concise manner, engendering emotional support in a positive and up-beat manner. They know the purpose of their task in the wider context and are able to take a long-term view.

They achieve this by:

  • Establishing and communicating a common purpose
  • Setting and explaining key outcomes
  • Setting objectives and the required level of performance
  • Managing results and resources
  • Understanding the wider context; being able to think strategically
  • Solving problems and taking decisions

A leader with vision sets the vision or idea in the context of the organisation, ensuring it is firmly rooted in practicality. Without some grounding in reality and the resources to back it, a vision will be little more than a dream.

Visionary leaders clarify the goals to be achieved and the benefits that will result. They use intuition, imagination and innovation in developing their vision or idea with a clear and articulated reason for that vision. There must also be a degree of robust analysis supporting that vision.

Leadership is fundamentally a change process and establishing shared ownership is important in building support and ironing out the more improbable elements for any vision. Flexibility will be needed as the vision may go through various changes as the environment changes. It is the outcome that matters less than the exact path taken to achieve it.

A leader with vision will need the ability to communicate their idea clearly ans display the confidence and passion to support and defend their ideas and to drive the vision forward.

As the vision moves from idea to action, the team can work to achieve the tasks or objectives. This requires that the leader established a shared idea of success, delegate tasks and clarify boundaries for the team and project.

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2 responses to “The Attributes of Leadership (3)

  1. Roger W. Farnsworth

    Great observation. I wrote a bit about this on my blog yesterday:

    http://ciscoetl.wordpress.com/2008/05/07/a-mission-statement-is-no-longer-enough/

    It used to be that being a good manager was enough. With the emergence of a collaborative workplace, the importance of leadership and vision is increasing.

    Thanks for the discussion.

  2. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Dockland

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