Thursday, 9 September 2010

Engaging your people in your transformational vision

Being a leader can be tough. It can be lonely. It can be challenging and it can even sometimes seem to be impossible. But let's not forget that, for the lucky ones among us who really enjoy leading people and taking responsibility for achieving six impossible things before breakfast, its the most satisfying and fulfilling job anyone can have.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the leadership role is engaging and inspiring your people to (as Gardner said so eloquently - and I'm paraphrasing from memory, so forgive any poetic license) 'lift their sights from petty preoccupations to unite in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts'. That is to say, a large part of our role and our value is the ability to articulate a compelling vision that generates excitement, enthusiasm and commitment (which, by no coincidence at all, is one of the primary 'behaviours' laid down in the national standards for leadership).

I plan to say much more on this subject in coming weeks and posts - but for now, let this key question suffice:

What is your compelling vision?

To what extent does it generate excitement, enthusiasm and commitment?

To what extent does it unite people in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts?

Why not ask people and find out?

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