I am pleased to welcome author Paul Larsen, who is sharing an excerpt of his new book, Find Your Voice as a Leader.
Your Leadership Vision
Compelling visions have always revolutionized the world. Be it Bill Gates’s dream of creating Microsoft or Mark Zuckerberg’s concept of Facebook, a vision defines you and determines your success. To be a leader, clarity of vision is essential. Without a clear vision with clear objectives, you’re likely to end up where you started.
Creating a new vision takes commitment and discipline. Here are a few techniques that might help:
Where do you see yourself? Before setting a vision, ask yourself this fundamental question. What do you want to achieve? How? Is the vision attainable? Is your goal congruent with the organizational goal?
- Break it down into smaller targets. If your objective is clear, this is the next step. Analyze your resources and team composition. Divide your vision into small-term and achievable (periodic) targets.
- Think critically. Your vision will define you, your organization, and your team. So look before you leap. Consider all the variables. Brainstorm. Discuss new ideas with your team, and evaluate their feedback before working out a proper strategic plan.
- Ask for help. There’s no harm in that. Say you want to launch a new product line in the market. Conducting market research and seeking the advice of market experts beforehand helps.
- Maintain your integrity. No matter what vision you set, NEVER compromise on honesty and objectivity. Your organization is unlikely to thrive, and your team is likely to be disgruntled if your vision violates the basic principles of integrity.
Consider these ideas before you create your vision and outcomes, and test as many as you can. Additionally, you could think about a time you weren’t successful with your outcomes. Why not? Then think about a time you were successful with your outcomes. Why were you successful? Review your thoughts and discuss them with other team members. Together, you’ll create the best vision and outcomes for your organization.
Remember that negative begets negative and positive begets positive. Most importantly, realistic begets realistic. Aspirational is good, while realistic is better. When you create positive, realistic outcomes, you’re ensured a greater chance of success.
Your Goals And Outcomes Can Change (And Should).
Organizations change. Your life changes. Things happen— sometimes expected, sometimes unexpected. You need to be able to evolve, to bend, to be flexible. Yet you still need to keep your eyes on your targets, your goals, and your outcomes. And you always need to measure your progress toward your vision, as well as to measure your results.
Charting your outcomes on an Outcome Map enables you to keep track of your advancement toward your desired end results, no matter what challenges you face. As you find your voice in whatever role you play, charting your outcomes aligned to your values is critical in moving from intention to action.
Paul N. Larsen, MA, CPPC, is a Certified Professional Performance Coach and an experienced leadership consultant and speaker. He has over 30 years’ business experience with executive and senior-level responsibilities within small and large companies, including being the Chief Human Resources Officer for a $3 billion organization. Paul partners with industry-wide leaders and teams from Fortune 100, start-up, and high-tech environments to find their unique leadership “VOICE” and create compelling and purposeful outcomes for their organizations. He has a proven track record with organizations such as SAP, Electronic Arts, Twitter, and Walmart. Read more about Paul and his latest book, Finding Your VOICE as a Leader at www.paulnlarsen.com.