AUDIO: 5 Fundamentals for Excellent Leadership Vision
After my hot tub experience in December of 2012, everything looked different. I saw the clarity that comes when God invades a moment and strips away the limitations. You can read about it in my book, Broken: How Being Broken Unlocked the Greatest Success of My Life.
In that crisis moment of clarity, I learned more about focusing my life and leadership than previous decades of leadership had taught me. But the primary thing that overwhelmed my senses was the detail and beauty of creation, as if I had never seen it before. I’d been looking past the important things that where right in front of me. Suddenly, I could see what was really important.
I had to ask. How did I miss this for so long? If everyone struggles with staying in focus, what else aren’t we seeing?
Restore Your Vision
The good news is that there are five fundamentals you can change to restore excellent leadership vision. These five things prevent you from capturing and sharing the vision of success you were created to enjoy.
#1. You’re out of focus. I love that auto-focus on my camera. It’s great, until it decides to focus on something you never intended. You snap the picture and everything you wanted is blurry while the guy in the background’s mother wants you to send her a copy. It’s easy to focus on what you never intended. Being out of focus keeps you from seeing what’s right in front of you. Breakthrough leadership begins with the pure focus that comes when everyone is on the same page.
#2. The zoom is too tight. If you’ve ever used the scope on a rifle for long distance shooting, you know how difficult it can be to find what you’re looking for. No matter how easy they make it look on TV, the slightest movement on your end is magnified in the distance. When you’re focused that tightly, you need a spotter to help you with the bigger picture. You can’t see both. When you’re too tightly focused in leadership, you miss the big picture. You need help to gather all the information. Don’t let fear isolate your leadership.
#3. You’re photobombed. You’ve been there. You’ve got everything just right and here comes the oblivious tourist wandering through the picture. There’s nothing as annoying as watching a video you’ve shot with that same guy screaming his opinions all the way through it. If you’ve surrounded yourself with distractions, your leadership is being photo-bombed. Capturing the passion and imagination of your team requires intentional strategy that keeps everyone “in the moment.”
#4. Your footing is unstable. No matter how good you are, if you’re being rocked back and forth on a tossing sea, it’s hard to navigate. Survival comes first. Short term decisions can limit long term possibilities. Leading from unstable footing limits your ability to cast a clear vision. Providing stability comes first. If your leadership is uncertain, navigation is impossible. You don’t have to have every answer but your vision must be anchored.
#5. Poor lighting. Leadership is not a ‘shot in the dark’. There’s a reason hunting season doesn’t open until complete daylight. Friendly fire is REAL. Taking shots in the dark is limiting your leadership. Sure, there are times when a decision seems demanded. I’ve been there. So, you take the information you have and make the best decision you can. Here’s the deal. If your lighting is poor, your decision places your team at risk. Bring in some more lights. The temptation to take the shot, make the decision when your lighting is poor can be deadly.
The lens of leadership is not magic.
It requires good lighting, stable footing, freedom from distractions, help in seeing the big picture and the ability to stay in focus. If you want to overwhelm your senses, be part of something bigger than yourself, be on the same page with your team, then stop taking pictures in the fog.
Stop limiting the vision of your leadership. Unlock your purpose. Live with passion and become the leader you were created to be.
That’s Breakthrough Leadership.
Add your comments to the conversation: What areas of your leadership are out of focus? Where do you feel like you are navigating in the dark? Post your reply below.