“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift
How can you and I possibly use this leadership quote?
I spent a good deal of time over the years in various leadership positions thinking about this word “vision”.
Jonathan Swift has hit absolutely at the heart of it. And when you have this vision, this insight, are you alone? How will you share it with those around you? You must share it with those who are with you on the journey.
If it is visible to you and not them, you will need to find a way to share it. There will be those who are not leaders, who do not understand and who will exhort you to carve this vision into a tablet of stone and erect it in a prominent area, probably in your entrance hall or lobby. Will this help people to see the invisible? I say that is unlikely. Share your vision by what you do more than in what you say. Your actions will help you to make clear to others your vision for the direction of your company and of your team. You have to help them to see the invisible. Show them – and tell them. But above all, show them.
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