A key leadership competency is creating a vision of success. Stephen Covey explains in “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People”, visioning inspires us to achieve a desired outcomes. Have you envisioned a picture of success for the New Year? This is a great time to re-set or create the vision you’d like to achieve for you and your team.
Share Your Vision
If your employees don’t know what success looks like for your organization, it’s your job to paint the picture. Creating a desired end-goal in an easily remembered fashion will inspire your team to do what it takes to make it a reality.
Be concise. An expectation of leaders is to be conceptual and create a strategic vision for their company. Avoid getting mired in the “how” you’ll do things but rather the “why”. Describe in simple words what you’re striving towards. Use brainstorming sessions with your team to in the creation process.
Purpose matters. Google ensures it’s team members have a shared vision with purpose because they know without it, people won’t feel committed. Managers should share how cross-departmental roles contribute to the same vision. This will instill engagement and action.
Inspire loyalty through your enthusiasm and showing you care about your team. All leaders know the carrot is more inspiring than the stick when it comes to leading. Showing genuine care through checking in on your team inspires loyalty. Enthusiasm goes a long way when it comes to pushing goals forward as well.
Role model. Your job now is to walk the walk after you’ve talked the talk. Show your team exactly how to conduct themselves by modeling the behavior you seek. Remember that you are the example and your team will reflect the energy and behavior you are demonstrate in the workplace.
Make Vision Stick
Are you ready to build results that last? Use visioning for success to provide clear, ongoing direction that everyone can visualize. Your team will feel their efforts are guided by something bigger than themselves and be motivated to create results. Reach out to me to learn more about filling your leadership shoes!