Traits of a Great Leader- number 3
In the list of traits of great leaders that Facebook friends suggested another was “Unwavering Vision”.
I agree wholeheartedly with this suggestion, I will add a little rider later.
In conventional coaching language, Goals would come close to covering this. However, there is more to unwavering vision than just goal setting.
This is all about having such strong vision, such strong goals that the focus never strays from where one is going.
The image that pops into my head is that of a GPS system. You set the destination to which you are heading, then the GPS begins and continues to issue directives that are totally focused on getting you from where you are to where you want to go.
In fact it is so unwavering that if you err slightly the voice will let you know and begin issuing directives to bring you back on track.
A great Leader needs to be absolutely sure of where they want to go. This may require a large amount of interaction with all the key stakeholders, a large amount of research, checking out all the possibilities and options, fine tuning choices till finally a single choice has surfaced as the goal for which to strive.
Another issue which many overlook is the need to know where you are starting the journey from. Until that is known, there is no way of setting the GPS, of plotting the course. The two critical things that go hand in hand are where are you starting from and where are you heading to.
Unless you know both the GPS cannot be set, the journey cannot be defined and created step by step.
To have unwavering Vision it needs to be defined and there needs to be a surety that this is truly where you need and want to be heading. Unless there is that surety, that certainty, then there may definitely be a lack of commitment.
It is very hard to follow a leader who is forever changing their mind about where they are heading.
One comment I said I would come back to is the only downside about “unwavering”.
What happens if somewhere along the way their arises an awareness that this is not the correct direction, that the goal needs to be redefined.
It is useless putting time and effort into a goal, if it becomes obvious that it is no longer the correct goal.
Steven Covey’s “wrong forest” comment in his Seven Habits book illustrates this. If you are heading in the wrong direction them working harder, working longer will not get you there.
In my model there is a constant requirement of checking in to see that the direction we are going is truly still where we want to go.
Part of this is feedback, part is regular assessments, another part is truly listening to all comments and assessing their validity in relation to vision defined and actual vision required.
All effort was initially invested in defining the vision, however as new light is shone on the vision it is more than possible, after discussion and consideration, that the vision may need to be redefined.
As long as there is a proviso for revisiting the original vision, checking to be sure it truly represents where you want to go and being humble enough to admit you got it wrong and being willing to redefine it, then “Unwavering Vision” is truly a powerful trait of great leaders.
How well have you defined where you want your life, your business to head? How well have you assessed and defined exactly where you are at this moment?
Unless you have seriously worked on both of these equally, you may have issues of wasting a whole lot of time, energy and money heading down a dead end track.
If you haven’t then your leadership is being called into doubt. Be sure you have done what is needed so that you can lead with Unwavering vision.
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Posted on October 17, 2011, in Business, direction, goals, honesty, humility, leadership, searching, self leadership, unwavering vision, where am I, where am i going. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.