Read this article and consider how a concept like charisma would or would not relate to the traits presented in this article. Are transformational leaders always charismatic? Do you believe charisma is an innate skill or can it be learned? Explain your choice in your journal.
Vision always centers on people never projects, programs, properties, or profits. Vision focused on anything other than people is ego-driven exploitation.
Vision answers the question, "How will we make the world better for others?"
"Vision makes work meaningful" - Jesse Stoner
Vision always drives and directs change-makers but never executes or operationalizes anything. Vision points!
"Being forward-looking is the quality that most separates leaders from individual contributors" - Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner in the Leadership Challenge.
The clearer the vision the greater the vitality.
Apart from clear vision:
Vision feels like hope.
Hope creates and energizes vision. Separated from hope, vision is futility. Leaders without hope are lost, along with everyone who follows them.
The chapter on vision in Brad Lomenick's new book, "The Catalyst Leader", is titled, "Hopeful". He explains what vision feels like and does, rather than offering safe definitions. (Brad's book is the first Christian leadership book I've recommended on Leadership Freak.)
Over the years, Brad has spent quality time with the world's top leaders. He writes, "I've observed that the most hopeful, vision-centered leaders are:
Projects, programs, properties, or profits are about goals. Goals express vision. But vision itself is always about people, not deliverables.
What are the essential qualities of leaders who inspire hope?
What are the essential qualities of a compelling vision?