MVP: It’s not about your vision, it is about the collective vision of the people who do the work.
I’m a leader, I have a vision, I know how to get there, so what is my next step?
In my younger years, I would have answered by talking about “selling the vision”, about design, and about implementation.
Today, I would assume that my vision is incomplete. I would begin with people, by asking and listening.
Remember that leadership is the work of bringing an organization into alignment. Last year, I would have added that we should align our structures, resources, and people to the organizations purpose, but I think I was wrong.
We should be aligning our structures and resources to the people. We should be caring, developing, and growing our people first, and we should trust them enough to take the lead in helping us understand how to best do those three things.
Leaders don’t create and drive “the vision.” Leaders help people collaboratively determine a vision that serves everyone in the organization, in the unit, or on the team.
Today’s intention: Pay attention to the people around you. What is motivating them? What do they want for themselves, for their work, and for the people they serve?