Leadership: Finding the Vision

Leadership: Finding the Vision

Finding the vision – Having a good vision as a leader is key to your success. Here is a useful post

“The clear vision in bright colors in the leader’s mind is key to success. But the vision does not have to be one with all the detail filled in. Generally good leaders are not focused on details. What the leader needs is the ability to see the big picture. Leaders have open minds and feel comfortable asking open questions about that bigger picture. They know the detail will be filled in on the way.

You can find the rest of this post at this link http://theleadership.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/leadership-finding-vision-we-know-that.html

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Are you a good leader? Time for a Mini- Stocktake!

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We all like to think we are good at what we do, don’t we?

I usually work on the assumption that most people take stock of how well they are doing, at least occasionally.  (Sometimes I wonder, though.)  Anyway, here is my checklist for all you leaders out there.  I hope you will take part. So pen and pad at the ready;

  1. To start with – what do you think is special, unique and distinctive about you as a leader?  What marks you out from the crowd – in other words – why should you be the leader?
  2. Ok so now for results – let us start with the positive!  What impressive or striking results have you achieved over the last year, six months, three months, the last month, the last week?
  3. Now, let us go to the other extreme – what did you do that you regretted over the last year, six months, three months, the last month, the last week?
  4. So what lessons have you learned recently?
  5. When did you first become interested in leadership and what have you learned about it (and about yourself) since then?  Has this further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to leadership? What insights have you gained?
  6. What have you done with that learning and how are you managing your own self-development?  When was the last time you undertook any kind of formal self development?
  7. What are you doing to share your learning?  Have you spoken or written about your insights and how has this been received?  If you have not shared, why not?
  8. How do you go about getting feedback on your leadership style anyway?  Do you welcome feedback – would you welcome it from your own team and do they know that?
  9. Where do you go from here – is there anything you need to change about your leadership style for the future?  How will you do it?
  10. Now what are your goals as a leader over the next year? What are your development goals and what development goals do you have for your team? How will you, and they, know when you reach them – how will things be different?

I’d love to think that you would share the results of this mini-review with someone.  But that is asking a lot of a leader isn’t it?  What might happen if you showed your weaknesses?  Would the sky fall in if you admitted there is room for improvement?  Well that is a good review question in itself isn’t it.

Anyway I wish you luck because leadership is one of the most challenging jobs in the world, but in my view, it is quite the most satisfying!
Wendy Mason works as a personal and business coach, consultant and blogger. She has managed or advised on many different kinds of transition and she has worked with all kinds of people going through personal change. If you would like her help, email her at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com or ring ++44(0)2084610114 or ++44(0)7867681439 

The Joys of Leadership – a Meditation for Monday

I have read and written so much about the challenges and difficulties of leadership.  You can spend so long thinking about how hard it is that you just lose sight of what it is really all about.

Research shows that very few of us work for money alone.  Of course money is important; I’m not going to pretend otherwise.  But most of us take more than money into account when thinking about how we are going to spend our working lives.

Being the leader can be exhilarating.  When you start a new project and bring people on board, then see them start to share your vision and work towards it.

Have you ever had the privilege of working on something big from the sketch on the back of an envelope to seeing the work complete.  And then coming back a few years later, when everyone takes what you put in place for granted!  You know how much you, and they, achieved!  They have moved on to the next challenge . But you have the quiet satisfaction of knowing it was a job well done.

Yes, I know it can be tough when it doesn’t work out like that.  Perhaps your plan didn’t work or someone else takes the glory.  Or it just got scuppered for no really good reason, at all.  Sadly that is life, and the reality of corporate life in particular.  You just have to get over it and get on with it!

At the end of the day real satisfaction comes from inside you and what you know you have done.

Oh yes, if you are good at what you do, you will get praise on the way.  If you get lots of it, and I hope you will, I hope you do the decent thing and share the praise with your team!

You will know sometimes that the praise you receive is deserved and sometimes it isn’t – you just got lucky!  Keep the modesty in your heart that allows you to know the difference!

But believe me there is no better thing to look back on in your career than bringing a vision into being and seeing others reaping the benefits.

You can remember those times next time you hit rough water.   And, of course, if you take on tasks worth completing, you will hit rough water.  If it was going to be easy, they wouldn’t need you! An easy job wasn’t what you signed up for anyway, was it, when you chose to be a leader?

Wendy Mason works as a personal and business coach, consultant and blogger. She has managed or advised on many different kinds of transition and she has worked with all kinds of people going through personal change. If you would like her help, email her at 
wendymason@wisewolfconsulting.com or ring ++44(0)2084610114 or ++44(0)7867681439