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You"re Not A Leader Without Vision
" How true and apropos that statement is as it applies to both business and organizational leadership.
In training and developing leaders for more than three decades, one of the major concerns (excuses?) given by many of those who ascend to leadership positions is the challenges related to finances (both revenues and costs).
However, most of those same people never truly seek alternative approaches, nor do they prioritize based on most pressing needs.
They seem satisfied (or complacent) with the status quo, and either fear addressing changes or lack a thorough enough understanding of the issues.
No one can ever be a great leader if he is not compelled by an important vision.
Part of that vision must be addressing not just how the organization was, or is at present, but how he would like to see it in the future, and how to get there, and why it is important.
Many organizations in recent years have suffered considerable diminishing in their membership numbers.
I have repeatedly witnessed lamentations about the situation, but very few visionary solutions.
I have observed organizations pay huge sums to consultants, who often addressed extraneous issues like governance, etc.
, but without a strong leader who has a clear cut vision of what he wants to see, there is often little constructive change.
A visionary leader realizes that an organization must evolve with the times if it wishes to sustain and remain vibrant and relevant, while never abandoning its fundamental reason for existence.
Visionary leaders motivate themselves, and thus are able to translation that motivation to others.
To address membership numbers, individuals must be motivated and feel compelled to belong and be involved.
Weak individuals in leadership positions often complain about costs, budgets, etc.
However, it is generally only the visionary leader who sees that things must evolve and be changed, which often means examining priorities, operations, expenses, and revenues (all potential sources).
True visionaries insist upon zero- based budgets as guiding documents, because it is only through the process of examining and justifying every aspect, that an organization can be optimized.
A leader's vision often translates to the need for true strategic planning.
Most challenges and/ or obstacles require multi- year solutions, and a step- by- step action plan.
The strategic plan should guide the future of the organization along a productive and forward- looking path.
Of course, all organizations have to consider their finances.
No organization can continue to waste money, or spend according to a crisis- to -crisis type basis.
However, a visionary leader can often lead an organization along a more productive path, and thus the finances progress positively at the same time.