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Posted by on Mar 31, 2010

Share It. Often.

How many great leaders accomplished their visions on their own? Was Apple’s iPod envisioned, designed, built, managed, delivered, and serviced all by one person?  Obviously, the answer is, “no.”  It takes an entire team of individuals, each at their own level of the organization, to ensure the dream of the iPod is realized each and every day with customers across the planet.  It also takes a leader like Steve Jobs to paint the picture…to sell the vision…to ensure that individuals throughout the organization embody the very spirit of engagement the iPod itself is meant to create.

What I wonder is, “How do leaders who don’t engage others believe their visions will be fully realized?”  Leaders who don’t explicitly extrovert and communicate their vision likely won’t create the buy-in and commitment they need to execute it.  Leaders must engage the hearts and minds of others in order to fully achieve the potential of their ideas.

A few questions to consider:

  • When was the last time you share, or re-shared, your vision as a leader?
  • If you had to rate their level of understanding of your vision on a scale of 1-10, what would it be?  What would they rate their understanding of your vision?
  • What can you do today to foster a better understanding of your vision?

As a leader at any level of an organization, never forget there are a great number of people who help you accomplish your vision.  Every day is a chance to revisit that vision with them.

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