Why Ignoring Vision and Values Could Cost You Your Team
"The People Perish for Lack of Vision"
This may sound a like a bold statement but if you have been in leadership for some time or have been around leaders you may have experienced the effects of following a leader with no clear vision. This is not new. The above quote was written a few thousand years ago and found in the Bible at Proverbs 29:18.
So what is a vision? In simple terms it’s the picture of the preferred future that the leader paints for the team. It is supposed to energize and motivate the team to do all they can to get to that magical place out there. Words like “the first” “the most” “the best” “number one” are usually found in lofty vision statements.
We heard recently that US Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris withdrew from the campaign trail. She gave her own reasons but there were some keen observations made by members of the public about what they thought went wrong. The reason that resonated with me most was that she did not have a clear vision. It was also stated that her core values were not clearly articulated causing those who work on her campaign to be less sure-footed when making decisions. A campaign like a company, has to make multiple decisions in any given week. Being unclear about who you are and what you stand can create an explosive situation.
So what are (core) values? I love this definition from YourDictionary.com:
“Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. These guiding principles dictate behavior and can help people understand the difference between right and wrong. Core values also help companies to determine if they are on the right path and fulfilling their goals by creating an unwavering guide.”
With this definition in mind, you can imagine that if a leader’s values are unclear it would make it difficult for her team to follow.
When I coach individuals or work with an organization I always begin with their vision, mission and values. These are the pillars on which you build your organization. If your foundation is weak you can operate successfully for a while but when pressure comes, which it always does in life and business, the organization and it’s leader will not be able to withstand it.
If you are a solo entrepreneur or part of a large organization, please solidify your vision, mission and values and stick with it!
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