A Vision to Lead

The founder of Toastmasters International once said, “People more willingly follow a leader who knows where he is going (Ralph Smedley).”  Leaders need to have vision! Otherwise, Jesus’ biblical metaphor of “the blind leading the blind” comes into play.  In fact, this seems to be a common occurrence in organisations without a plan, that they lose their way.

Many of us strive for self-improvement.  Whether this is as speakers, friends, lovers or as leaders we often need the development of our skills.  Vision is an important starting point on this journey.  Having a goal in mind is the beginning of leadership (etc.). What is it that you want for you and your team to accomplish? With that goal in place all else (including your team) will follow.

Incidentally when Siddhartha Gautama set out the Eightfold Path of Buddhism, he noted the starting point of “right vision”.  The idea of having such vision has a pretty good pedigree as the quotes from Jesus, Smedley, and the Buddha attest.



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