It's that time of the year when many school leaders are busy developing their visions for their school districts. The Leadership Challenge gives some good examples to think about when clarifying your vision.
- Leaders appeal to common ideals.
- They connect others to what is most meaningful in the shared vision.
- They lift people to higher levels of motivation and morality, and continuously reinforce they can make a difference in the world.
- Exemplary leaders make others feel proud to be a part of something extraordinary.
- Best leaders understand that it's not their personal view of the future that's important, it's the aspirations of all their constituents that matter most.
- Visions must be compelling and memorable.
- Leaders must breath life into visions, they must animate them so that others can experience what it would be like to live and work in that ideal and unique future.
- Leaders generate enthusiasm and excitement for the common vision.
- Above all, leaders must be convinced of the value of the shared vision and share that genuine belief with others.
- They must BELIEVE in what they are saying.
- Constituents will only follow willingly if they sense that the vision is genuine.
How do you build your vision?