Have you ever been inspired to go beyond yourself to do something greater than yourself? Well I have! When I joined the military, I knew I was joining an organization with a calling greater than myself.
As a military officer, I would have the privilege of leading America’s finest young men and women.
As a young officer it was important to understand the mission of the U.S. Army. So, what is the mission of the U.S. Army? The mission of the U.S. Army is “to fight and win our Nation’s wars, by providing prompt, sustained, land dominance, across the full range of military operations and the spectrum of conflict, in support of combatant commanders.” Which is quite a mouthful to read and say.
So, what is the vision of the U.S. Army? Simply put, it is “Strategic Advantage in a Complex World.” There is a significant difference between the vision and mission. A vision statement is a projection of the future direction of an organization. The mission statement focuses on the present state of the organization and what the organization is currently doing.
But why does a leader need a vision? Because it’s the leader’s responsibility to provide focus, meaning, and purpose to the organization. Vision guides and helps a leader to see the end results of their efforts.
To inspire others to share your vision, create a vision that is bold, forward-looking, and envisions exciting possibilities for the future. The U.S. Army’s vision serves a beacon of inspiration for soldiers, but it also challenges soldiers to “be more than they can be.” The idea of serving a greater cause encourages soldiers to sacrifice for the organization.
Warren Bennis said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” How can you share and model your vision? The following are four steps will help you share and model your vision.
- Translate your vision into terms that others can connect to
- Sell your vision through a compelling why
- Stay true to your vision when the going gets tough
- Model your vision in action and deed
Once you have inspired others, then build coalitions to champion your vision. Remember you are the model of your vision!
Do you share and model your vision?
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