The following is a guest piece by Jeremey Donovan.
Of the array of skills that comprise leadership, the ability to craft and communicate strategic vision is simultaneously the most valuable and least well-practiced. The value part is obvious; leaders adept at inspiring their teams achieve high-impact business results faster, more easily, and more compassionately. But, why do so many leaders struggle with building shared vision? In this article, I’ll outline three root causes and suggest ways to address them based on best practices from TED Talks.
The first reason leaders struggle with building shared vision is the misconception that vision must spring forth magically from one’s own mind. I held that belief for most of my career, afraid that asking others for help crafting vision was a sign of intellectual weakness. That changed when I met retired Sensormatic CEO Bob Vanourek at the Leadership Forum at Sliver Bay.
When he said, “vision is crowd-sourced,” a number of TED Talks rushed through my mind. Each idea worth spreading, TED’s stated mission, presents a vision. Though many TED speakers share ideas hatched through their own scientific research, experience, or introspection, many brilliant speakers synthesized Click here to continue reading »