Every great accomplishment of any leader began with a vision–a picture of a preferred future, a solution to a problem, or a grand idea of what could be–and more importantly, what should be.
However, I would propose that the vision, no matter how great, really doesn’t matter. Okay, maybe I am overstating the concept. But honestly, how many people with great vision have you met who never accomplished their vision?
Maybe you’re that person: you had a dream for a solution to a major problem in your industry, or a vision for an innovative change in your market. You may have even rallied people around the idea and invested personal resources into the vision, but it never got off the ground. Or maybe you got the vision off the ground but it never went anywhere.
Could it be that there is something more important–or at least as important as–the vision? Could it be that vision is NOT enough?
I would propose that the CULTURE you create within your organization is really what determines the success and fulfillment of your vision.
Culture shapes the morale of your organization. Culture determines how decisions are made and who is empowered to make them. Culture is represented in the values of the organization–not the values written on paper but the ones that are being lived out in the lives of those who work within the organization.
Culture is being shaped each and every day within your organization, whether intentionally or unintentionally. As the leader, it is up to you to constantly evaluate, course correct, and hold the organization accountable in order to create a healthy culture.
I would propose it is a healthy culture that:
The ultimate result of a healthy culture is that your vision is advanced! Stop trying to drive your vision and start creating culture, because your vision doesn’t matter if your culture isn’t healthy!
What are your methods of maintaining a healthy culture in your area of leadership?