In countless studies of successful individuals, one quality stands out: They all have tremendous vision. Total Leadership author Stewart Friedman describes Leadership Vision as “a compelling image of an achievable future.” That is a powerful description, but it could also apply to a goal, a dream, or even an idea.
So how is Leadership Vision different?
Goals tend to be more narrowly focused, while vision is broader and more encompassing. Goals, in fact, are the stepping stones to achieving a vision. Your goal may be to help make the company profitable this quarter, while your vision is to build a world-class organization that is a leader in your industry.
Dreams are typically more personal than visions and are often solo endeavors. Dreams may involve a few other friends or family. True Leadership Vision involves a team of people and is meant to be shared with others.
The difference between an idea and vision is like night and day. An idea is just that – an idea. Vision requires action! It’s great to have a lot of ideas – that shows creativity. In fact, vision starts with an idea – perhaps an idea to solve a problem, make life better, create opportunity or bring about necessary change. But an idea doesn’t become a vision until it grows and becomes a burning desire that you act upon.