Sight and Vision, by Kate Ter Haar, Flickr Vision is central to the work of leadership.
What is Vision
So what is vision? I define vision simply as …
apicture of a preferred future.
This picture of a preferred future can be for an individual, a family, a team, an organization, or a society.
By “picture” I do not mean a literal image, but rather a mental picture of an envisioned future reality that is preferable and desirable by those most closely connected to the vision. A major part of the work of leadership is communicating this picture of a preferred future in a manner that is compelling and unifying.
John Kotter provides the following characteristics of vision:
In keeping with these characteristics, Burt Nanus describes vision as a realistic, credible, and attractive future.
As leaders help to paint…
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