It has been said that the very essence of leadership is that you have a vision. It has to be a vision you can articulate clearly and precisely on any occasion. There is a vast difference between a person that has a vision and what is called a visionary person. Think of it in this manner:
- A person with a vision talks little but does much.
- A visionary person does little but talks much.
- A person with a vision finds strength from inner convictions.
- A visionary person finds strength from outward conditions.
- A person with vision continues when problems arise.
- A visionary person quits when the road becomes difficult.
Some of my personal experiences have taught me the following:
- The credibility of a vision is determined by the leader.
- The acceptance of a vision is determined by the timing of its presentation.
- The value of the vision is determined by the energy and direction it gives.
- The evaluation of a vision is determined by the commitment we the people have.
- The success of a vision is determined by its ownership by both the leader and the people.
Take a look around you; what is happening to others
A good idea can become great when the people are ready. The data professional who is impatient with people can become defective in their leadership. The evidence of strength lies not all the time in blazing a trail ahead but instead adopting our stride at a slower pace while not forfeiting the end goal. If you run too far ahead then you run the risk of losing your power to influence.
The ability to decipher the big picture
The ability to decipher the big picture is oftentimes what separates leaders. They are concerned with the shop’s basic purpose of why it exists and what it should achieve. Some things to think about that may hinder a vision:
- Limited Leaders – everything rises and falls on leadership.
- Concrete Thinkers – see things as they are and say why?
- Dogmatic Talkers – to be absolutely sure about something one must either know everything or nothing about the problem. At times knows nothing but conventionally says something.
- Continual Failure– many people look at past failures and fear the risk of pursuing future visions.
- Satisfied Sitters – people who strive for comfort which sits on the heels of complacency, predictability, and boredom.
- Census Takers – some people are never comfortable stepping out of the crowd.
- Problem Receivers – some people can see a problem in every solution.
- Self-Seekers – people who live for themselves.
- Failure Forecasters – extract only discord; outlook is always gloomy and times are always bad.
Spend some time and think about the dreams and vision you have as a data professional. Whether you are in an organization or a consultant I challenge you to consider the following:
Refuse to accept failure with self-worth.
Don’t restrict thinking to established, rigid patterns.
See the big picture.
Welcome challenge with optimism
Don’t waste time in unproductive thinking.