More than ever, during the challenging new ways of working, your team needs a leader who inspires and uplifts them. They need to clearly know who you are as a leader and feel connected to you. Why is a Leadership Vision important? It tells others about the "Who" and the "Why" behind the work. It motivates and inspires others to do the work by providing them with a real purpose.
A Leadership Vision speaks to the heart of the work and provides the glue to all contributors' work. It should also excite and energize the leader carrying it out. This may be exactly what your team needs right during a murky and uncharted time.
How can you create an uplifting Leadership Vision that uplifts and motivates others? Follow these three steps:
Step 1: Know Who You Are and What You Stand For
Your leadership vision does not stand on its own. "You" are behind the vision. It must tie to what you believe is important and what drives you. The "Who" behind the "What" needs to be clear. Spend time considering what your Top 5 Values are, what matters to you, and what is at the heart of what you inspire to do.
Step 2: Connect the Dots
Your leadership vision will need to be driven by others and they need to feel motivated to carry it out. The best way for you to inspire them is to connect the dots from your vision to the work they carry out every day.
You need to be clear about the "Why" of the work. Create a mission and vision statement for your leadership vision. You may never share it but it will help you to make sure you are communicating with clarity to others.
During any informal check-ins with your team, ask them to state what they think your leadership vision is and what it stands for. This will give you a good sense of whether you are hitting the mark or not.
Step 3: Assess if it Inspires You
You also need to feel connected to your Leadership Vision. When you think about it does it excite and ignite you? Do you engage with it enthusiastically? Is it charged with energy? If you said yes to these questions, then there is a force behind the vision. If you said no, then slow down and assess what is out of alignment. Quiet yourself and reflect on what is energizing and engaging to you right now. Continue to add more of what make you feel connected to your leadership.
“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things so that all the small things go in the right direction.”
- Alvin Toffler
Phyllis Reagin, Founder of At the Coach's Table, is an Executive and Leadership Coach who has coached hundreds of senior and emerging Entertainment/Media business leaders and TV & Film production leaders. She believes every leader has the potential to lead with greater meaning and impact.