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Six Leadership Tips On How To Share Your Vision

If you want to be an effective leader you need to have a vision, a clear idea of where the team is heading, what targets need to be achieved, what
29 Sep 2018 11:00
Six Leadership Tips On How To Share Your Vision

If you want to be an effective leader you need to have a vision, a clear idea of where the team is heading, what targets need to be achieved, what goals need to be met, yet having a vision is not enough. Leaders need to have the ability to share their vision in a way that em­powers and motivates those around them. Too often I see teams and leaders fail to live up to their po­tential because not everyone under­stands and embraces their vision.

To have a successful career as a leader you need to be able to share your vision wth the team so in this article I want to share with you some practical tips that have worked with other leaders that I have personally coached.

So here are six tips on how to share your vision.

Tip 1: It’s not your vision

“Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power” – Seth Berkeley

The biggest mistake I see Leaders make when they attempt to share their vision is that they don’t let go of the vision.

Leaders understand that power is not meant to be kept, power is meant to be shared.

If you want your team to embrace your vision of the future then the only way to do this is for your team to believe its their vision. So, stop using “I” and “mine”and instead use “we” and “ours.”

The most successful leaders un­derstand that it’s never about them it’s always about others.

Tip 2: Create a story

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” – War­ren Bennis

Following on from the first tip in order to effectively share a vision you need to create a story.

Throughout history the sharing of stories has been the most effective method of sharing information, il­lustrating the differences between right and wrong.

The only people who are inspired by facts and figures are account­ants so unless you are a leader of a team of accountants then numbers should only support your goal and should never be your actual goal.

Tip 3: Make your audience the hero of the story

“Have a vision. It is the ability to see the invisible. If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the im­possible” – Shiv Khera

When communicating your vi­sion ask yourself the hard question “why should people care?”

Never forget what’s important to you may not be as important to oth­ers.

For example, if doubling your sales target is something that in­spires you that’s fine but someone else may not care about the targets but they will care about providing for their family.

In this instance the vision would be about how doubling sales will make it easier to provide for their family.

Always make the audience the hero of the story.

Tip 4: Make it challenging

“Don’t limit your challenges; each day we must strive for constant and never ending improvement” – Tony Robbins

If diamonds grew on trees and where easily available would peo­ple still value diamonds so highly? It’s unlikely because the more something is difficult to obtain the more we value it, so when you ex­plain your vision, remember if the journey seems easy then it won’t seem a worthwhile journey.

Make sure people know how dif­ficult the journey will be. Don’t be afraid of this.

I know that some leaders are hesitant about this but a complete vision is one that can only be achieved if everyone works togeth­er and everyone works harder and smarter than they have ever done previously

Tip 5: Provide hope

“A Leader is a dealer in hope” – Na­poleon

When teams bring me in to con­sult, I always explain that in order to be successful a team needs to have high stakes and high belief. There needs to be a difficult and almost insurmountable challenge facing them but there must be a complete belief that the challenge can be overcome.

The belief required comes from the leader. When communicating your vision, never show any doubt about the outcome. People will fol­low your lead so if you start doubt­ing them others will also start doubting.

Tip 6: Establish credibility

“Credibility is a Leaders currency. With it he or she is solvent, without it he or she is bankrupt” – John C Maxwell

It’s difficult for people to seperate the message from the messenger. You may have the best vision in the world but people won’t buy into that vision unless they buy into you. Don’t assume that just because you are a leader people will auto­matically believe you.

Silence doesn’t always mean agreement.

You have to earn credibility so when you communicate you need to explain not only what but just how the team is going to reach their goals and why you are the best per­son to lead them to the vision.

Everyone knows how amazing the view is from the summit of a moun­tain but many people never see the view because they don’t have a guide that can help them on the journey.

Look after them keep them safe and show them how to get to the top.

As a leader your responsibility is not just about having a vision your role is to be a guide so that others can make that vision a reality.

Mark Wager will be in Fiji be­tween December 10-14, if you would your team to receive world-class Leadership training please contact Mark.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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