Ego, Stubbornness and Playing favorites are by far the biggest stumbling blocks of leaders in achieving greater progress.
Ego – blocks your ability to be open and honest in your assessment of your self and the situation you are in. It comes in the way of your ability to ‘Listen’ even to your own conscience.
Stubbornness – impacts your ability to be flexible and adaptable, to the point of even compromising on the larger vision or goals
Playing favorites – stops you from providing space to the deserving
Even the great Mahatma Gandhi and I think many more of the great leaders of our times were at some point afflicted with this problem. In the Epic Mahabharata, Dhrithrashtra suffered from the same.
Most vision statements I have seen posted on the walls of organizations truly are not ‘vision’ statements at all. They suffer from being too generalized, bombastic or complex which hardly exude any confidence in the people who are to work towards them. Worst so that employees are not able to ‘visualize’ how the outcome will look like after reading the vision statement. The very purpose of having a vision statement is to help people clearly see how the fruits of their labor will look like. It has to excite them and make them feel they are already there. It should not be something which makes them feel there current state is a long way away from it.
Let me explain this with a few examples of ‘BAD’ vision statements which will hardly inspire people or be in their minds while they work. They are hard to remember as well.
“We aim to provide diverse set of scalable and strategic knowledge management tools to serve our customers, improving the possibility of overall satisfaction among our diverse customer profiles”
How vague and complex is this one? It is very difficult for even the intended customers to visualize how the final outcome will look like.
Let’s look at a vision statement which truly is a ‘vision’ and inspirational. This one from Microsoft
“There will be a personal computer on every desk running Microsoft Software”
“Reliance will help you make phone calls to your loved ones cheaper than a postcard”….famously said by the late Shri. Dhirubhai Ambani.
I’m sure you see the difference. Easy to remember, more importantly, easy to ‘Visualize’. You all know the impact these vision statements had.
Does your vision meet the criteria as I stated above? If not are you willing to relook and change it to be more visionary?