Great leaders do more than just envision an exciting future. They help their people see the “big picture” and the essential role each individual can play in achieving their shared goals. Others are more eager to follow leaders who are future-focused. There is stronger team cohesion, stronger group identity and, ultimately, better performance on measures of both individual and organizational outcomes.
Getting people to willingly follow you into the future requires that you passionately believe that together you can make a difference. You must Inspire a Shared Vision, which begins when you take action to meet your commitments—to yourself and your people. Consider how you can put these six actions into practice, starting today!*
- Talk about future trends that will influence how our work gets done
- Describe a compelling image of what our future could be like
- Appeal to others to share an exciting dream of the future
- Show others how their long-term interests can be realized by enlisting in a common vision
- Paint the “big picture” of what we aspire to accomplish
- Speak with genuine conviction about the higher meaning and purpose of our work
The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model that serves as the foundation of the internationally-acclaimed The Leadership Challenge® sets out the essential principles and behaviors that ongoing research continues to confirm lead to improved employee engagement, higher performing teams, and increased bottom-line results. Inspire a Shared Vision is one of The Five Practices that focuses on helping leaders imagine exciting possibilities for the future and learning ways to enlist others in that shared vision.
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*Used with permission from The Leadership Challenge® ©James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, published by John Wiley & Sons. All rights reserved.