Importance of Vision
By Sr. Dr Lilly on 11-06-2013
Vision is everything for a leader. It is utterly indispensable. Why? Because vision leads the leader. It paints the target. It sparks and fuels the fire within, and draws him forward. An important part of leadership involves casting vision. Some leaders forget to cast vision because they get caught up in managing. True leaders recognize the difference between leaders and managers. Managers are maintainers, tending to rely on systems and controls. Leaders are innovators and creators who rely on people. An effective vision provides guidance. It gives direction for an organization. True direction for an organization is born with a vision. It begins when the leader accepts it. It gains acceptance when the leader models it. And it become reality when the people respond to it.
All effective leaders have a vision of what they must accomplish. That vision becomes the energy behind every effort and the force that pushes through all problems. Where does vision come from? Vision starts within. Nobody can accomplish great things alone. To fulfill a big vision, you need a good team. A truly valuable vision must have God in it. Make sure your vision contains all that will help you to reach your potential. What you see is what you can be. People do what they see. That is the greatest motivational principle in the world.
Stanford Research says that 89% of what we learn is visual, 10% of what we learn is auditory, and 1% of what we learn is through our senses. Each person look at life with a different vision. Three persons can look at a tree. One will see so many board feet of valuable timber worth so much money. The second one will see it as so much of fire wood to be burned to keep one’s family warm in the winter. The third will see it as a masterpiece of God’s creative art, given to people as an expression of God’s love and enduring strength .What we live for determines what we see in life and gives clearer focus to our inner vision.
Where the vision is one year, cultivate flowers.
Where the vision is ten years, cultivate trees.
Where the vision is eternity, cultivate people.
About The Author
Realms of value contains short thought provoking stories from Sr. (Dr) Lilly SJL who is presently Vice Prinicipal of Fatima College, Madurai. She has chaired many international missions and her works belong 'Geneder discrimination in Indian Societies' and 'Education and Empowerment of women'.