The leadership vision goes beyond your written organizational mission statement and your vision statement. The vision of leadership permeates the workplace and is manifested in the actions, beliefs, values and goals of your organization's leaders (Heathfield, 2009). Like defining leadership, vision also has many definitions. When one say's that a leader has vision, he or she is referring to the ability to see the present as it is and formulate a future that grows out of and improves upon the present. A leader with vision is able to see into the future without being far-sighted and remain rooted in the present without being near-sighted (Snyder & Graves, 1994).
According to Synder and Graves 1994, True leaders see things differently. They are guided by another belief more in keeping with the competitive world in which we live. They believe, "If it ain't broke, you're not looking hard enough." Realizing that there is always room for improvement, they believe that no one has ever done anything so well that it cannot be done better (Snyder & Graves,1994, p.1). A visionary leader is effective in manifesting his or her vision that creates specific, achievable goals, initiates action and enlists the participation of others (McLaughlin, 2001).
I believe that having vision is an important part of being an effective leader. It is not possible to be a leader and not know what your goal is or what the future plans are for the organization. According to Susan Ward (2009), sharing your leadership vision helps your vision grow and your leadership develops. As you tell your leadership vision to others, you will strengthen your own belief in your vision and strengthen your determination to make your leadership vision become reality (Ward, 2009). From this statement one can see that having a vision to share with workers is key to becoming an effective leader.
Being an effective communicator is another important trait that a good leader must have. Communication is the art and...