Leadership and vision go hand in hand. Therefore, leadership must begin with a clear vision: whether it be for our personal life, our family, our church, or organization. If people around us don't know where we're going and where we're trying to take them, they will have a hard time making the journey. A clear vision communicates three things:
1. Why we're here: our purpose.
What "business" are we in? Why do we exist? Why am I married? Why do we have children? What is the purpose of our parenting? Why is our church here? What is the ormiary goal of this company?
A clear vision should express a higher purpose for a greater good that gives meaning to each person’s efforts. A clear purpose provides direction.
2. Where we're going: a picture of the future.
Where are we going? What will our future look like if we accomplish our purpose? A clear picture provides motivation.
3. What guides us along the way: what we value.
What do I stand for? What’s important around here? What governs our character and relationships? Values protect and provide guard rails.
Without clear vision, we’ll never end up where we want to be, much less where we need to be; and neither will anyone else! That's what God tells us:
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Proverbs 29:18 (NIV) “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.”
So how does this flesh itself out in our lives, families, churches, and jobs? That's tomorrow's post!