Last week I shared with you that leadership is all about the future and that true leaders must have a vision for the future. If you missed that message, reply back and my team will be glad to send it to you. Vision produces three vital effects in the life of a leader.
First, vision keeps you focused. It wards off distractions. It keeps you from wandering down rabbit trails.
Your vision of the future keeps you on the main highway to your goals. Leadership guru John Maxwell put it this way: “Vision leads the leader. It paints the target. It sparks and fuels the fire within, and draws the leader forward.”
Second, vision keeps you fueled. It gives you energy, passion, and enthusiasm for the challenges you face. Energy, passion, and enthusiasm are the most contagious of all human qualities. If you want to measure the temperature of an organization, just stick a thermometer in the mouth of the leader. If he’s on fire, the organization will be on fire. If he’s a cold fish, the organization is a dead duck.
Third, vision helps you finish. Leadership is not easy. The road is hard, and there are deserts to cross, valleys to traverse, and mountains to climb or tunnel through. Your vision keeps you going through the tough times.
Every great leader, from Washington to Lincoln to Churchill to Disney to Jobs has experienced discouraging failures and setbacks. Every one of these leaders would have certainly quit somewhere along the line if not for a vision.
Because these leaders could see what others could not see, they refused to let any opponent or obstacle stand in their way. Their vision kept them focused and fueled – and their vision kept them moving toward their destination.
Steve Jobs once said, “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”
Stay focused; stay fueled, so you can finish strong. Be a leader of vision.