Effective leaders motivate their people with an inspiring vision. It need not be grand or necessarily innovative, but it does need to be sensible. Here are three ways to create a vision that works:
- Make it clear. People become disillusioned when they disagree on the paths their group should take. Establish a distinct direction that helps people move forward together more confidently.
- Address trade-offs. Acknowledge that executing a vision is not easy. To make compromises feel worth it, remind people of the future goals that they will achieve.
- Encourage autonomy. Without a well-articulated vision, people waste time checking with others for support. Instead, guide people to make the right decision themselves.
Adapted from the Harvard ManageMentor Online Module: Leading and Motivating.