The Vision Of A Leader

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This time last year I completed the book “Good to Great,” by Jim Collins. I’m not hoping to give an exhaustive review of the book, but I will say that I couldn’t put the book down once I began reading it. What I really gained from Collins’ research and insight was a picture of the leader I want to become.

The successful leaders outlined by Collins had several important qualities in common. One trait in particular that made a distinct impression on me was their vision. They all had an ability to step back and look at the big picture. They could visualize the end and statically plan the means that would allow them to successfully reach that end.

In 2009, John Ryan wrote an article in ForbesĀ about the necessity of vision in leaders. Ryan wrote:

“Henry Ford dreamed of a car families could afford. Steve Jobs dreamed of an easy-to-use computer that would unleash creativity. Nelson Mandela dreamed of an integrated, prosperous South Africa.”

The visions we have for our companies, careers, and lives need not be as resplendent, but the idea is that we need to know what it is we want to accomplish.

Do you have a vision of something you want to accomplish?