The power of vision is so compelling and absolutely necessary in today's ADD world. Captured well here in the article, "A great vision is inspiring. It gets you and everyone in the organization excited to come to work; it's the cathedral everyone is coming to work every day to construct. This is not mere wishful thinking. A vision must also be strategically sound. You have to have a reasonable shot at getting there."
Intereting that this article shows up the weekend after we (our Business Learning Institute team) helped falitate a visioing process for the State of Maryland with the Chamber of Commmerce's Maryland Competitiveness Coalition this past Friday. Even states and nations need inspiring visions.
Insight from John Kotter about the difference between leadership and management.
The mistakes people make on the issue are threefold:
Mistake #1: People use the terms "management" and "leadership" interchangeably. This shows that they don't see the crucial difference between the two and the vital functions that each role plays.
Mistake #2: People use the term "leadership" to refer to the people at the very top of hierarchies. They then call the people in the layers below them in the organization "management." And then all the rest are workers, specialists, and individual contributors. This is also a mistake and very misleading.
Mistake #3: People often think of "leadership" in terms of personality characteristics, usually as something they call charisma. Since few people have great charisma, this leads logically to the conclusion that few people can provide leadership, which gets us into increasing trouble.