By Oleg Konovalov – www.olegkonovalov.com – email@example.com
Dr. Oleg Konovalov is a global thought leader, consultant and C-suite coach based in West Midlands. Having been named as ‘the da Vinci of Visionary Leadership’ by many leading authorities of our time, Oleg is on the Thinkers50 Radar, Global Gurus Top 30 in Leadership, has been recognized as #1 Global Thought Leader on Culture by Thinkers 360, and is #1 Global Leading Coach (Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50).
He is the author of – The Vision Code: How To Create And Execute A Compelling Vision For Your Business
We are living in a time of leadership blindness. Less than 0.1% of leaders have vision. So, the vast majority of leaders are not leading people. We hardly know where we lead ourselves and others. There are millions of businesses that are meaningless and they are dying as insects because leaders are not thinking about making their businesses meaningful. The difference between meaningless and meaningful and valuable for you and others is vision.
The challenge is that a vision is not a mere statement written so it can be nailed on an office wall and gives people something to look at when waiting for the meeting to start.
Vision is an aspiration for the future that we strive to make a reality today. This is a multidimensional space in the future that we create being here and now.
Vision is not a gift or some kind of a brilliant idea as often believed. Vision is the six-step process that can be defined by a simple term, CAVIAR, as it stands on six pillars – Clarity, Ability, Viability, Influence, Acting, and Revitalizing.
Clarity of Creation
Vision comes when your conscious awareness of a problem you want to solve for a benefit of others reaches its peak. In fact, our life is defined not by the number of problems we solved but by the number of solutions we found that allowed creating successful businesses, live in happy families, and create value for others.
Ask two simple questions when thinking about a reason for your vision to exist:
What would make the world different from your vision being implemented?
What is the value for people in your vision?
Vision is much greater than a leader or a company. So, a leader must be capable to lead it successfully. A leader’s capability to turn vision into reality directly depends on well-developed visionary leadership traits and competencies.
Leaders should nurture and develop this competence through five critical elements – courage to think boldly, learn all the time to be able to give people more and manage more complicated tasks, grow the inner excellence as leading is not a physical work but psychological, develop confidence and credibility which is about how you deliver promises to others, and develop the knowledge bank, or consistent engagement and contribution of all involved in terms of growing your vision strong.
Vision defines why and where effort should be placed. Leadership is blind without a clear and robust vision. Vision is pragmatic and must be fully functional and executable. Every strong vision has six criteria – stimulus, scale, spotlight, scanning, simplicity, and excitement and passion.
Stimulus – vision must clearly demonstrate a commitment to serve people and solve their problems.
Scale – a vision is strong and compelling if it allows you to explore new opportunities as it grows.
Spotlight – the greater the vision, the greater responsibility it assumes.
Scanning – vision demands a keen eye for where and how value can be added and how to do so.
Simplicity – vision is elegant thinking about complicated things and the sophistication of vision is in its simplicity.
Excitement and Passion – vision is a strong emotion itself and radiates passion and inspires others.
Clear construction allows a vision and the progress in fulfilling it to be gauged, allowing to make changes along the way.
Influence is about communicating and sharing vision. What’s the difference between communicating and sharing? We communicate facts and information and we share stories and emotions.
The true magic in communicating vision lies in the ability to encourage ownership of the vision in others. The ownership of vision can be defined by realizing who owns the results of the vision. This is where a real influence can be achieved.
Vision shows its importance and beauty in its execution where visionary leadership requires action and results. It demands strong leadership that stands on a productive culture, effective communication, focus, enabled decision-making, and clear metrics.
By the way, your vision will be judged based on your promises and people’s expectations. Therefore, it is not about pleasing everyone but delivering your promises to take people into a prosperous future.
Vision dies if it doesn’t grow. Successful completion of a vision leads to a self-amplifying chain of events. A strong and scalable vision goes from execution to thinking about the next goal and so on. A true vision starts a chain of events that allows it to grow beyond what was originally envisioned.
Businesses far too often only seek to grow the bottom line. They create fake and catchy vision statements to attract investors while focusing on quantity and ignoring quality. These companies cannot handle inevitable market changes and die when the first storm hits. Successful vision is determined by the structured and focused approach to its creation and execution.
You can master the future if you have a strong and compelling vision. What stops you from putting your signature on the future being here and now?