Leaders Need Their Vision Tested

What would your school or organization look like when you accomplish all the things you set out to do?   That is a question I would put out to our teachers and student leaders everywhere I've been.  I've asked it while serving in leadership roles I've had outside of education as well.  It's a critical conversation that great teams aren't afraid to have over time.  With good leadership acting as a facilitator, you can get input AND find the common ground .  At the end of the conversation, you are left with an agreed upon description of how the team wants their organization to look.  In my world of culture building, I call this description your VISION. 

 

I've been told by many that vision setting is a waste of time, which hurts my heart.  When I was young, I was taught to picture things as you want them.  I would have never made it out of intensive care if I didn't have an idea of what I become.  Teams are no different; they need a road map that clearly shows the destination.  Vision allows everyone on the team to move forward in a common direction that everyone has helped define.   You wouldn't build a house without a solid foundation, nor would you want to build a culture without a sound base.  Once a shared vision is constructed,  your team can start its journey to being great. .  Leadership is all about being intentional; if we want to be a first class organization, we need to know what it looks like. The answer lies in asking the right question.

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