Guest Post by Dan Rockwell @LeadershipFreak (Jedi Master of leadership lessons in less than 300 words)
I thought vision casting was about me. Jesse Lyn Stoner taught me that vision is about us.
I used to craft the vision and spring it on my team. I’d declare, “Here’s where we’re going.”
It’s the only model I ever saw.
Casting vision as a solo act reflects top-down, disconnected leadership.
In the end, it isn’t leadership at all. It’s declaration.
Vision that’s about us takes
The declarative approach is easier at first, but ineffective in the long run.
I haven’t fully learned the lesson. I still tend to act independently and expect others to get it.
Old habits die hard.
When vision is a solo act:
Leaders pressure people into conformity.
Adversarial relationships emerge. Everyone doesn’t want what you want.
Frustration fractures relationships.
Vision as a team effort:
The question is, “What do we want?”
The process is, let’s talk about it.
The key is, shared values.
There are still bumps on the collaborative vision-casting path.
When the “wrong” person participates, things go haywire. By “wrong,” I mean someone whose values are badly misaligned with the organization.
Successful vision crafting transforms leadership from pushing to aligning and igniting.
In the process, I find myself pulled by my team.