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One Mistake Leaders Make When Casting Vision

One of the essential tasks of a leader is to guide an organization—to extend vision. Dr. Rob Sheehan, Academic Director of Executive MBA Programs at the University of Maryland, cautions against imposing your personal vision on an organization. He notes:

The most powerful visions are shared visions. In research reported in Harvard Business Review a number of years ago by leadership gurus Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner (January 2009), they stated:

“Constituents want visions of the future that reflect their own aspirations. They want to hear how their dreams will come true and their hopes will be fulfilled... The only visions that take hold are shared visions . . . And you will create them only when you listen very, very closely to others, appreciate their hopes, and attend to their needs.”

Read the rest of Dr. Sheehan’s thoughts here.