I am not talking about people without the ability of sight. I am talking about a Manager without vision. A boss who cannot see or imagine the future of the company and see the path in which to lead their product and employees towards.
All effective managers and leaders must have vision. They must have the foresight and energy to direct the company and its employees towards the prosperous goals. When the manager has vision and uses it in this manner, they create the energy that drives the productivity. The employees feed off of that energy and it pushes them to go beyond the normal status quo. The vision is what sets the quest, the mission, and the charge that creates successful operations in the workplace.
Helen Keller was once asked, “What would be worse than being born blind?” She replied, “To have sight without vision.”
Too often in today’s workplace, people are put into positions of leadership because they have paper certifications or political associations. These same people who possess impressive resumes too often lack the vision to drive the mission for the company.
What has lead to this demise in leadership is the fact that over the past twenty years, it’s been the practice of companies to publish a “Vision Statement.” You cannot have vision without a statement. But as with many of these companies, they lost the leadership that was originally driving that statement. Then it becomes as useful as graffiti on the bathroom walls.
Just because it’s written down, does not make it a commandment. Just because you put it in your employee manual, does not mean its read. Finally, just because you have it plastered across the walls of your building in cute or official looking posters and plaques, does not mean it’s followed.
If the leadership cannot see the vision and refuse to follow it, then do not expect the employees to either. When you combine a leader with vision, then you will have direction and the employees will follow.
To basically breakdown the levels of people when it comes to Vision Statements:
There are people who never see it; you can call them the nomads or wanders. Nothing is going to make them stay, unless they see the overall benefit of it.
Some people see it but never pursue it on their own. They are the sheep or the followers. They are looking for a Sheppard.
Some people see it and pursue it. They are the success driven achievers who look for the opportunities to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
Some people see it and pursue it and help others to see it. This is your leader.
It’s been said, what makes up a great leader is not the title, or the education, the certificates or even their ability to stand up for what they believe. What makes a leader is being someone who knows where they are going and being able to inspire others to follow. Who do you want leading you and your company?