Vision and the Loneliness of Leadership

Listen to this idea on Episode 39 of Short Takes or on your favorite podcast app.


Vision is powerful. It explains why the members of the group do their work, and why it matters that they do it well.


But there is something else important about vision: the lack of a vision causes us pain.


This is because vision describes two things – the two expressions of vision. The first is the meaningful change, or the outcome of all of the group’s work. This is a goal. The second is the logical, planned process that makes that goal become real. This is the way we know that the goal is achievable, and how that happens.


We as human beings need that direction so that we can make sense of the work that we do. When we have that meaning, we can be excellent. When we don’t have it, we feel terror. This is true of both our people, the members of the group, and of ourselves as leaders.


Our role as leaders of the group is to give this to the members of the group. We create the story of vision, and we make sure each person in the group has this understanding. This allows us to take away the fear and doubt created by a lack of vision. We show the members of the group how their work is important, and they believe us.


But we as leaders do not have someone to tell u