Have you ever worked in an organization in which the leader's vision was unclear? Although there was a designated boss, the role appeared to be in name only. There was no consistency in the message. Organizational priorities, goals, and objectives changed continuously. The organization was existing; yet, in chaos.
Why is the leader's vision important? Proverbs 29:18 states that, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained.” (NASB). Employees are frustrated due to the lack of guidance and direction. They are starving for leadership. Their bodies report to work daily; yet their hearts are adrift elsewhere. Buy-in has not been achieved. When there is a lack of congruency among the leader and the team, there is no shared vision. Likewise, there is no sense of alignment within the organization.
How can a leader build team congruency? First, effective leaders are vision-builders. These leaders go beyond establishing the vision. In essence, they are vision architects. They strive to make the vision “plain.” With each leadership stone such as character, integrity, ethics, honesty, wisdom, etc., they build an organization that is “team-centric” and not “I-centric.” Success claims that the team understands where the leader wants to take the organization. The team should not be left speculating about the leader's intentions. Consistency in purpose and open communications should prevail.
Second, effective leaders are also investors. They invest time in creating the vision and communicating its attributes and parameters to the team. These leaders see beyond the present situation. They are the generals who possess the strategic game plan for where the organization is going in the future. With hard work, commitment, and dedication, their goal is to build a team that will outlast them.
Third, effective leaders are transparent decision-makers and self-motivators. They are hard-chargers, but focused in their activities. These leaders understand what is required to move the organization forward. Although their personality can differ, they are primarily charismatic and inspiring. Their passion for success is contagious.
In organizations destined for greatness, effective leaders:
1. Establish a clear and understandable vision worth following,
2. Communicate its purpose, and
3. Empower the people to make the vision a reality.
In summary, effective leaders who seize and act on the vision are destined to win in life and in their organization. As a leader, my desire for you is that God will give you the right vision, the right message, and enable you to make the right decisions as you lead your organization.