The Leadership - Vision Connection

Posted by Stephen Lemire on September 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I was very fortunate to have been able to learn many lessons about leadership from my Dad. In addition, I have benefitted from great mentors who also willingly shared their views.

As a result of my own experience, and having worked with many influential leaders, I have had the pleasure of teaching graduate and undergraduate students seminars on leadership principles and practice. These students are eager to list traits they find in people they have worked for whom they consider to be effective leaders.

All of these lessons which have had great impact on my career, as well as the opinions of former students, I frequently pass on to junior executives and new students.

Most effective leaders have a vision about their individual purpose and, more importantly, their organization’s overall direction. I like to break it down this way:

V – VALUE others around them by communicating with a purpose. They directly let others know how their role fits into the big picture and how the fulfillment of that role is important.

I – INCLUDE themself in all the difficult work to be done. They lead by example and ask nothing of others that they wouldn’t do themself.

S – SHARE all successes equally. On the other hand, they accept responsibility for any setbacks personally.

I - INSPIRE staff by placing them in positions and situations in which they will have the greatest opportunity to succeed. They recognize that the best way to motivate and reward an employee is through empowerment.

O – OFFER to listen to complaints only if they are accompanied with credible suggestions or recommendations to remedy the perceived situation. They don’t complain or gripe publicly and accept new challenges willingly.

N – NURTURE those whom they oversee by providing an appropriate balance of responsibility, feedback, constructive criticism, and autonomy. Their people skills include a warm smile, a pat on the back, a sturdy handshake, and an upbeat, positive, and confident demeanor.

There are many other important traits that would appear on a more comprehensive list. I invite you to add those below.



Categories: Management, Executive Directors, Nonprofits

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Reply Danielle
9:42 AM on January 27, 2015 
I love this! Great words!
Reply Stephen Lemire
10:19 AM on January 27, 2015 
Thank you for your feedback, Danielle. It is appreciated.