Dr. Keith Reemtsma was once advising Dr. Mehmet Oz on leadership.  He told him, “there is a fine difference between vision and hallucination.  Other people have to see your vision and get behind it, or you’re wasting everyone’s time” (Florian, Ellen. “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Dr. Mehmet Oz–The crown prince of medical media on leadership” Fortune, February 27, 2012, p. 20).

As a leader, you must possess vision.  Vision is intrinsic to leadership.  Vision is crucial.  Vision is essential.

Nevertheless, that vision must be well founded.  It must be reliable and true.  Otherwise, you may be sailing your ship over a waterfall.

How and when vision is communicated is just as important.  You can have the right vision, but the wrong timing.  If you get too far out in front of your people, they may mistake you for the enemy.

Vision is a key ingredient every leader must continuously embrace, manage, and share.  Do this well, and you will be a great leader; mishandle it, and people might think you’re on a hallucinogen.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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