Someone just asked me, jokingly, “What’s a vision?” All kidding aside, that’s a great question.
Vision (or the V Word) has become overused the last few years, especially by politicians. But the concept is still important.
A vision is your mental picture of what the future can and should be. The power of seeing it provides passion and direction for leaders. Turning that vision into words or a vision statement enables others to see what you see and choose to enroll (or leave).
A “good” vision must matter to you and to your team. It must be clear and believable. It must align with your values and those of the people you lead. And it must be steady; you can’t keep changing the vision (tactics yes but vision no).
So the real question is not, “What’s a vision?” but “What’s YOUR vision?”