Leading with Vision

Leading with Vision


Thanks to our friend Matthew Norton at People + Purpose for allowing us to share this article!


Leading with Vision: Navigating the Yellow Brick Road

As we navigate through change and difficulty, the importance of having a solid vision becomes crystal clear. It’s always important to stop and ask, “Where do we find ourselves amidst the swirling currents of change and challenge? What is the guiding light in the dark, leading us toward a better future?”

In a recent coaching session, a client and I discussed The Emerald City from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Let’s explore this place Dorothy set out for and what it can teach us.

Casting a Clear Vision

Much like Dorothy’s determination to reach Emerald City, effective leadership begins with a crystal-clear vision. Do we possess a vivid picture of our destination, one that inspires and energizes our team members? It’s essential to paint a compelling vision that ignites passion and purpose within each individual so that they join you with, if possible, the same fervor as yours.

Uniting in Purpose

Just as Dorothy’s companions rallied around the shared goal of reaching the Emerald City, our teams thrive when united in purpose. A cohesive vision acts as a unifying force, aligning diverse talents and perspectives toward a common objective. As leaders, it’s our responsibility to foster a sense of collective ownership and commitment to the journey ahead.

Inspiring Action

Vision without action is merely a dream. Remember, just like Dorothy and her friends, the dream isn’t enough. We need to motivate our team to take action by communicating with passion and conviction, and modeling a relentless pursuit of excellence.

Overcoming Obstacles

Along the yellow brick road of leadership, challenges and obstacles are inevitable. Yet, it’s our commitment to our vision that empowers us to overcome adversity and emerge stronger on the other side. As leaders, we must remain steadfast in our belief in the possibility of a better future, even in the face of uncertainty.

The Journey of Leadership

The Wizard of Oz reminds us that while the journey may not include wicked apple trees and flying monkeys, it will be fraught with challenges and uncertainties. It is through vision, unity, and determination that we ultimately reach our Emerald City.

Thank you for being part of this journey. Let’s not forget that vision serves as a guiding light, illuminating the path forward and inspiring greatness in those who follow.


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published on Sunday, March 24th, 2024