“With great power, comes great responsibility.”
Anyone in a leadership role has felt the effect of this quote first-hand. Being a leader is a job that requires the ultimate responsibility, and with that and hard work, comes great reward. But where do great leaders find the motivation and vision needed to propel them to greatness? To each his own when it comes to inspiration and motivation, but in there are some key definite ways to make this happen.
- Live in the present, but always look to the future. The best leaders are those who make the decisions necessary during each day to ultimately benefit their future. What is the company’s vision? Your personal vision? Keep your vision set in your mind while each day making the choices necessary to aim for it. There will be setbacks, but as long as you keep your sites set on your vision, it’ll fall into place.
- Always seek knowledge, never stop learning. A leader must have a firm handle on everything going on in their industry, organization, and in current events. Seek and absorb as much knowledge as you can. Never stop learning, there is always something you can discover that will help your career and vision, even if it doesn’t seem like it. The most successful people stay abreast to politics, current events, and industry news.
- Paint a clear picture for those you lead. Just because your vision seems fool-proof and flawless in your own mind, does not mean that your team is following. Do your best to explain and “paint” your vision for your employees, and then remind them of it when trivial and minor things get in the way. If you lead with your vision in mind and make sure that your team knows it well also, they will in turn work with the company vision and purpose in mind.
- Personify your vision. Once your team is on board with and fully understands your vision and the steps necessary to get there, you must live everyday with intent to personify your vision. Everything you do, even little things, should be done with the intent to execute your vision. In other words, BE the vision you want to see. This will significantly impact how your team works. They will begin to work with intent, too.
- Welcome and encourage feedback. What good is a company’s vision without the influence of its employees? You can’t create and follow a vision without the input and buy-in of your team members. With that being said, always welcome feedback and ideas from your employees. This will not only help you come up with unanimous execution ideas, but it will also unify and empower your team to carry out the vision.
- Strive to motivate. While personifying your vision, it’s important to be a motivator for your employees. Along with welcoming their feedback, and practicing what you preach, helpful tips for inspiration and motivation will go a long way with your team. Motivate them by continuously and tirelessly working toward your goals.
While the responsibility can be daunting and stressful, a true leader welcomes it every day and spends most of their time thinking of ways to engage and motivate their employees. If you welcome each day with a confident attitude and the steps necessary to reach your vision, then you’re on the right path. Visionary leaders are the best to be and have because they can see the result long before it happens. Plan ahead, and prepare for greatness and failure. You can’t have one without the other.
Source: “11 Ways to Become a Visionary Leader,” by Don McMinn. www.preachitteachit.org.