Thursday, 14 April 2011

Visionary Leadership

As a leader, do you know where you are going, why, and with whom?

Change is Constant

Positive action: Know where you are going; Know why you are going there; and Know who is going with you.

There are a great many books  on visionary leadership.  They each present their own philosophical perspective, often accompanied by wonderfully quotable quotes.  Yet, visionary leadership really boils down to a few specifics for leaders: vision, values, and visibility.

Vision: Know where you are going

Values: Know why you are going there

Visibility: Know who is going with you

From: Ten Principles for New Principals by Mark Joel
Published by: Robin Fogarty & Associates

9 comments:

  1. I really liked this post because it got me thinking about visionary leadership. I have always had a rather philosophical idea of what visionary leadership was but after reading this, I see that it makes a lot of sense. The idea of having a vision, having values that help me know why I want to accomplish something, and having the visibility with others so that I know who else wants to accomplish what I want to accomplish suddenly makes a lot of sense. I really want to try this out the next time I take on a specific leadership task. I want to monitor myself for vision, values, and visibility so I can think about myself as a leader and just how visionary I am.

    ReplyDelete
  2. theresa.meikle@yrdsb.edu.on.ca17 April 2011 at 18:32

    Of the 3Vs I think values is the most important - I think leaders do need to know where they are going, but if they don't know why - it doesn't really matter. Fullan talks about the moral imperative of student success as a driver for school improvement - I agree. We must attend to equity of outcome in all that we do!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hmmm.....values is the most important? I need to think about that. I agree that values are essential but I think the other two elements are as well. Perhaps it's the interplay of the three that make this work. In a sense, you can't take out any one part. Each is essential and reliant on the other two.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I also believe all three are important and necessary. As a leader one must know their vision, have a plan to get there and also create capacity so the vision can be obtained. Building capacity and shared vision creates a much stronger outcome.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I think that the interplay of the three Vs is necessary. The vision drives our course forward. It is needed to have focused direction in decision making. I am a person who needs to know why. If I am to impact and encourage others to come with me towards a goal, I need to present, convice, defend, and sell the goal. In order to do this effectively, I need to clearly know and understand the reason why. The visibility is harder to match with the definition given but I clearly understand that a learder's role is to influence others towards a common goal. Getting to any point of success alone is not very impactful.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Shanti, as I read your comment about how you need to "know and understand the reason why", it reminded me of the moral purpose that Fullan and others have written about so much. I wonder if "the reason why" is a moral purpose, then everything makes much more sense. It's also much easier to be committed to something which feels as if it's driven by a moral purpose.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I totally agree with the idea that values are key to effective leadership. To know what you believe allows you to be consistent in your descisonmaking and your outlook.

    This consistency allows people to come to trust your thought proceses as beign fair and just. Disagree or not, people know where you stand thus giving your leadership the integrity which can excite others to follow.

    Values-- or more important, knowing and recognizing your own values-- are a main ingredients to being a visionary leader.

    ReplyDelete
  9. INTERNATIONAL CONCEPT OF WORK FROM HOME
    Work from home theory is fast gaining popularity because of the freedom and flexibility that comes with it. Since one is not bound by fixed working hours, they can schedule their work at the time when they feel most productive and convenient to them. Women & Men benefit a lot from this concept of work since they can balance their home and work perfectly. People mostly find that in this situation, their productivity is higher and stress levels lower. Those who like isolation and a tranquil work environment also tend to prefer this way of working. Today, with the kind of communication networks available, millions of people worldwide are considering this option.

    Women & Men who want to be independent but cannot afford to leave their responsibilities at home aside will benefit a lot from this concept of work. It makes it easier to maintain a healthy balance between home and work. The family doesn't get neglected and you can get your work done too. You can thus effectively juggle home responsibilities with your career. Working from home is definitely a viable option but it also needs a lot of hard work and discipline. You have to make a time schedule for yourself and stick to it. There will be a time frame of course for any job you take up and you have to fulfill that project within that time frame.

    There are many things that can be done working from home. A few of them is listed below that will give you a general idea about the benefits of this concept.

    Baby-sitting
    This is the most common and highly preferred job that Women & Men like doing. Since in today's competitive world both the parents have to work they need a secure place to leave behind their children who will take care of them and parents can also relax without being worried all the time. In this job you don't require any degree or qualifications. You only have to know how to take care of children. Parents are happy to pay handsome salary and you can also earn a lot without putting too much of an effort.

    Nursery
    For those who have a garden or an open space at your disposal and are also interested in gardening can go for this method of earning money. If given proper time and efforts nursery business can flourish very well and you will earn handsomely. But just as all jobs establishing it will be a bit difficult but the end results are outstanding.

    Freelance
    Freelance can be in different wings. Either you can be a freelance reporter or a freelance photographer. You can also do designing or be in the advertising field doing project on your own. Being independent and working independently will depend on your field of work and the availability of its worth in the market. If you like doing jewellery designing you can do that at home totally independently. You can also work on freelancing as a marketing executive working from home. Wanna know more, email us on workfromhome.otr214423@gmail.com and we will send you information on how you can actually work as a marketing freelancer.


    Internet related work
    This is a very vast field and here sky is the limit. All you need is a computer and Internet facility. Whatever field you are into work at home is perfect match in the software field. You can match your time according to your convenience and complete whatever projects you get. To learn more about how to work from home, contact us today on workfromhome.otr214423@gmail.comand our team will get you started on some excellent work from home projects.


    Diet food
    Since now a days Women & Men are more conscious of the food that they eat hence they prefer to have homemade low cal food and if you can start supplying low cal food to various offices then it will be a very good source of income and not too much of efforts. You can hire a few ladies who will help you out and this can be a good business.

    Thus think over this concept and go ahead.

    ReplyDelete