Every Monday, we hope to write a post that motivates you to think throughout the week. Today’s post is focused on Vision.
“Don’t make your people pay because you’re so fired up about the vision.” – Bill Hybels
Do you ever get fired up about a vision? Most leaders do and there is nothing wrong with getting fired up. But you cannot forget the people around you when you do.
Vision doesn’t go anywhere without your team. It takes a team that loves, prays and supports you to get the vision “from here to there.” So, how do you make sure you are aware of your team when you get fired up about the vision? Here are three ways that can help you:
Stop and Listen. When we get fired up, we tend to only hear our own voice. How do you know that your vision is pure or right for the organization? Be intentional about stopping and listening. If you do this, you are now opening your ears to hear how your team really feels. Are they on board with you? Do they get it? You may find that you need to start vision casting vs. driving decisions. Don’t make your team work towards your own vision, make sure its a team driven vision.
Your ideas are not the only ideas. Ouch. You may fall into this a lot more than you think. If you are so fired up about your vision, you’ll get ideas of how to get there. Just remember, you can’t get there alone. Others ideas may be the right ideas.
Be willing to try, but also be willing to fail. Once your team is on board with the vision and ideas, build a culture where trying and failing is accepted. This start with the senior leader. Lead by example and try something new. Give it a shot and learn from it. If you are willing to do this, your team will follow suit. The more willingness there is to try, the more likely your team will passionately find the path to pursuing the vision.
Be passionate for a vision, but don’t destroy your team pursuing it.
What do you think? How else can you protect yourself from getting fired up about the vision and hurting your team? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.