2 Simple Ways to Test That Your Vision Is a True “Leadership” Vision

Leaders are vision carriers and pursuers. They have a picture of an ideal future, and that picture gives them direction and pushes them forward. When a vision takes hold of a leader, he or she isn’t the same. What they see with their mind’s eyes guides their feet and defines what they do with their hands. Moreover, it seizes their time and other resources.

As a leader, you have an image of your ideal future. But how do you test your vision to ensure it’s a vision worthy of being pursued and justifies that others follow your lead.

Assuming that your vision is moral and ethical, there are two simple ways to test that your vision is a true leadership vision.

1. Your Vision Should Inspire

If your vision is going to propel you forward, it must be compelling. Before your vision can motivate others to follow you, it must inspire you. In fact, your vision should light up the fire of passion in your heart. Without this, you’ll get discouraged and quit in the face of adversity and opposition. Your passion for your vision drives you forward and infuses you with the strength you need to overcome all the obstacles that inevitably come your way.

A true leadership vision steals your sleep and compels you to focus most of your waking hours pursuing that vision. A true leadership vision leads you to leave to safe shores of your comfort zones and to step boldly into the unknown.

Also, as I alluded to, your vision should inspire others to join you for the journey. A true leadership vision is compelling enough to stir passion in the hearts of others, who feel privileged to surrender their gifts, talents, time, energy, and money, for the achievement of your vision.

2. Your Vision Should Serve

A true leadership vision isn’t self-serving; it seeks to add value in the lives of others. A true leadership vision is never focused on the leader, but it must focus on the people the leader intends to serve. Service is at the heart of true leadership. Therefore, the leader’s vision must seek to serve and make a difference in other people’s lives.

In the process of adding value to the lives of others, the leader and his or her team also extract extraordinary value. Although the focus wasn’t inwards, the leader and the team benefit from the vision.

Having the vision to purchase a big house or an expensive car is nice, but it’s rarely a vision that’s meant to serve others; truth be told, it serves your interests. Not that you shouldn’t want those material things; it’s simply that, in my view, they’re not a true “leadership” vision; they’re personal goals.

However, wanting to build shelters for the homeless or to establish a transit system adapted to persons with disabilities are true leadership visions; they aim to serve others.

In short, a true leadership vision seeks to add value to other people’s lives.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.