Creating a vision for your leadership career can bring many benefits. In this post you'll learn how to create your vision using my simple four-step method.
If you'd like to read more about the benefits having a vision can bring to your leadership career, check out my post Can A Vision Really Help My Leadership Career?
Creating your vision is all about you, and you are certainly the expert on this topic! Despite this, it can be challenging to know where to start.
To spark your creativity, I've created a process for you to create your leadership vision in four simple steps.
Details for each of the steps can be found inside each of the four tabs below. And there is a bonus option to download your own workbook at the bottom of this post too!
- 1My Values
- 2Building My Story
- 3Shaping My Vision - Exploring My 'Why'
- 4My Vision - Writing It Down
The first question you need to ask yourself is, "What are my values?"
These are principles such as honesty, kindness, integrity that may be common to most people, as well as some others that might be more specific to you such as, excellence in engineering, inclusive work environment, ability to travel, ability to have flexible time with my role.
Start by brainstorming a list of your values, and then narrow the list down to 6-12 that are most important for your leadership journey vision.
Building My Story
There are two parts to building your story.
Firstly, think through what the story of your life, career, and leadership journey has been so far. Are there themes that you can see as you think through your story so far? Some of these themes will be ones you want to keep, while others might be ones you want to change.
Secondly, think really carefully about what you want from your leadership journey from here on out. Don't hold back, what are your dreams, hopes, and desires? Keeping these consistent with your values, and other aspects of your life plans, write down some ideas for the leadership journey outcome you aspire to. How do you want the rest of your leadership story to read?
Exploring My 'Why'
As you reflect on your values from step 1 and your dreams, hopes, and desires that you've written into your future life story in step 2, what are the underlying reasons for these values, dreams, hopes, and desires?
It might be to leave your company culture more open to diverse thought because of your leadership, it might be to leave a legacy of some kind for a specific discipline or field, it might be for you to have the reputation for leading the most customer focused teams.
There is no wrong answer, this is your 'why'.
My Vision - Writing It Down
Now is the time to generate some power and create your leadership vision.
Write down a sentence or short paragraph to describe your vision.
Look to incorporate your 'why', your values, and the story you want to create with the rest of your leadership journey.
One question that I am asked time and time again is, "Do I need just one overall vision for both my life and my leadership career?"
My answer to this is that it is perfectly fine for you to develop one complete Big Vision statement that incorporates your career and personal life, AND it is also perfectly fine to have two separate statements. Follow the same process to develop your personal life vision.
In this simple four-step process for creating your vision, you will i) explore your values, ii) your leadership story so far, and your future dreams, hopes, and desires, iii) your reasons for 'why' all of these are important to you, and then iv) you will be ready to write a sentence or short paragraph describing your leadership vision.
Although this process describes creating your leadership vision, you can repeat the exercise to develop your personal life vision, and perhaps at a future point in time, you can work to create your Big Vision that incorporates everything into one.
I do believe that creating your vision will bring you great clarity, purpose, and motivation for your leadership career, and life in general. I also believe it is important to come back from time to time to review your vision.
As your life and career unfold and change, you want to be sure that your vision continues to complement your latest plans well.
Supporting you on your leadership journey,
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