We call some leaders “visionaries”—men and women who see what could be and work passionately and tirelessly to see it become a reality. People like Steve Jobs, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela. Simply part of their DNA, these leaders don’t to work at creating vision. It comes naturally to them.
Though all leaders may not have a natural bent toward developing and communicating vision, anyone can grow in this area. I’m living proof.
In my previous job, I accepted an invitation to lead a department of about 20 staff, many of whom felt hurt and devalued by decisions of previous leaders. As I said, my gifting isn’t in the area of defining and communicating vision, but both were necessary to bring this team together. I needed to create community and a sense of purpose to inspire my co-workers to get out of bed every morning.
From this experience, here’s what I learned about vision: