From professional failures: 60 percent of NBA players file for bankruptcy within 5 years of leaving the league. To personal hang ups: nearly 50% of smokers who’ve had surgery for early stage lung cancer go back to smoking in just a year. We struggle with planning for what’s next in our lives. “The reality is how we live today is completely shaped by what we believe about our future.” -Tim Keller.
In leadership what a leader believes about their future should translate into vision. Now you would think just like the number 1 at Chick-fil-A comes with fries; vision automatically comes with every leader—and you would be wrong. Finding a leader with vision is not a causal find. Insert former President Ronald Regan. Before becoming President of the United States he was a sports broadcaster, actor, and Governor. Jennifer Hudson before her run as a finalist on American Idol and her Academy Award in 2006 and Grammy in 2009—she sang on Disney Cruise Ships. There was a lot of hustle, determination, and grit on both of their behalf. However, I believe it is their vision that made the difference. Neither of them lived for the present, they both had vision to see a better future. Vision is so rare, that I like to think of it as a super power for any leader. A leader with vision:
1.) Anticipates needs and meets them.
2.) Sees around corners.
3.) Holds multiple ideas in her/his head at one time.
4.) Understands the right place, the right time, and the right force for any situation.
5.) Understands that vision not about sight, but about foresight.
6.) Understands that vision casting and vision connecting are two different tasks.
7.) Understands that vision is not predicting outcomes, but promising a better way.
8.) Sees bad results as data and not denial.
9.) Find inspiration from the vision of others, in fields outside of their own.
10.) Never stop casting vision.