“What motivates people to follow you?”

A compelling vision is like a trailer for a blockbuster movie. A 30-minute clip highlighting the movie that compels you to watch the entire story. Like a movie trailer, the vision keeps you focused on your dream and doing whatever it takes to see it happen.

Many organizational vision statements are like a B-rated movie. The plot is vague, the acting is second-rate, you regret buying the ticket regardless of how cheap and the whole experience drains your energy. Sound familiar?

Only “sick people” sit through a bad movie twice. Yet this describes the daily experience of millions of team members who sit through second-rate leadership visions day after day simply because they need the job. Is your team following you because the vision is compelling, or because you hand them a check every week?

Your vision is a picture of everyone’s hoped-for result. What the end looks like, what we produce and how we function every day. Does everyone on your team “see” the same thing, work toward the same goals and operate with the same values?

The vision must not only resonate with you, but with everyone following you. If not, conflict, confusion and unfulfilled dreams are in your future. The vision must reach your team’s inner aspirations. The language must translate into a realistic strategy and its fulfillment challenging, but achievable.

If you want an energized team following you, the vision must be clear, compelling and easy to explain. Even if implementing your vision is complicated, explaining it should not be.

Your vision cannot be abstract or vague and compelling at the same time. If you want your team excited about the future, show it to them often until your vision becomes “our vision.”

“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”
James Allen

What embryonic dream rests in your heart waiting to birth into a compelling vision that causes others to follow for no other reason than seeing the dream become a reality?

People following you only for a check, a perk or a position of influence never help you fulfill your vision—instead they greatly hinder the chance of everyone seeing the team’s vision become a you filled up their emotional fuel tanks?