The Power of Vision for Purposeful Leadership
Purposeful Action and Purposeful Leadership start with vision.
Vision comes from Introspection. Introspection, like meditation, is the search for resonance — to discover the dream that represents a state to which one aspires. Everyone dreams, and each individual has visions of how things could have been or might be in the future. It is the future that our actions must be aimed to capture. Here we use vision to describe a dream of a state of being that we desire or seek. One reaches within to find the vision for Purposeful Action. Enlightened Leadership starts with this step.
What is Vision?
Vision is a dream of a desired state of being, something different from what it is now. This can include a change in form, time, or place, or a combination of these. Vision is not a precise expression of the desired state, but it is concrete enough to drive the remaining elements of action, including goals, strategy, planning and team-building. When the entire team shares a common vision, productivity and effectiveness peak.
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Purposeful Action starts with vision.
To help understand how vision relates to action, consider an artist at work. For instance, imagine the work of Michelangelo. The famous sculptor saw, inside his mind, the completed image of David inside the rough marble before he laid the first chisel stroke. With this vision he created a masterpiece. The statue of David draws millions of visitors annually to Florence, centuries after it was completed. Michelangelo had a vision within himself that needed to be brought forth and brought to life. This vision came from inner reflection, or introspection, perhaps over a period of years.
Mahatma Gandhi’s life provides another example of purposeful action driven by vision. Mohandas Gandhi formed his vision, to free India from the rule of the British, over many years while living in many different continents. Starting during his youth in British-occupied India and then as a barrister in England, followed by experiences as an activist in South Africa, he finally resolved to return to his homeland to undertake the fulfillment of his ultimate vision. During the years preceding this commitment, he reflected, meditated and prayed, Then, when his vision was formed, he made a commitment to lead a nation towards the realization of his dream of a free India.
Gandhi’s conviction and total belief in his vision was not self-serving, but was aimed at serving the entire nation. This vision Gandhi inspired hundreds of millions to follow him until India was freed from the yolk of the British Raj.
This is how vision enables a Purposeful Leader, or a Servant Leader, to lead purposefully.