The idea of 'vision' is important to all human behavior because, as recent research has confirmed, our brains cannot always distinguish between an experience we are having, a memory of a prior experience (deja vu etc.) or a memory of a prior visualization.
A vision is important to leadership for a couple of reasons. A person with vision is empowered by mental maps s/he has developed that extend beyond the field of immediate experience and suggest new possibilities for action and can be acted upon as 'real' extensions of the field of immediate experience. In other words this person can create his or her own future. This individual capacity becomes massively multiplied when the vision is shared by others. The relevant leadership attributes therefore, are to envision, create/share a vision in a meaningful way with others and act upon it.
This is an ongoing list of posts that focus on vision or visualization:
- Articulating a Vision
- (A Vision of) Leadership for Collaboration and Innovation (Interactive model)
- A Vision of Leadership - A Heartfelt Vision
- Visualization - the First Face of Leadership
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