MAKING VISION STICK Session #6 Embrace it personally You need to learn
how to embrace your vision personally. Your willingness to embrace
the vision personally and publicly is really what gives you
credibility as a leader. Living out the vision makes you
a leader worth following. When people are convinced
that the vision has stuck with you, it’s much easier for them
to stick with the vision. If you aren’t using your product,
you don’t have credibility. If you aren’t an example
you lose your credibility. On a similar note, if your staff
doesn’t know that you’re doing exactly
what you expect them to do, you can damage your credibility as well. If you’re somewhat of an introvert,
you may have to force yourself to talk about your personal engagement
with your company’s vision even at the expense
of coming across as somewhat self-serving. Humility is powerful in leadership, but
sometimes you have to let people know what you’re doing personally toward
fulfilling your organization’s vision. Doing so will encourage those around you
to stay engaged at a personal level. With this in mind,
there are 2 questions you need to ask. 1. Am I personally embracing
the vision of the organization? 2. Does anybody know?
Have I made it public? As I mentioned in a previous session,
our vision at our organization is to create churches that
unchurched people love to attend. When my family invites someone to church,
I tell our staff. I say, “Yesterday, we invited a family and
they liked it” or whatever the story was. I want them to know that
I am in this with them. I am not simply trying
to get them to work harder. I really believe in what
we’ve come together to do. This may be difficult
with your particular organization, but you really do have to embody
the vision of the organization and then, you have to let people know that you are in this with them,
that you really are bought in. Like you, I have friends who are fanatics
about their products or companies. I have friends at Chick-fil-A and
they always have a Chick-fil-A tie on. My friends who work with Coca Cola
will have absolutely nothing to do with a Pepsi product of any kind. A friend of mine who works at GM
is forever asking me when I’m going to trade in my car
for a domestic model. That’s how it should be. If you
believe in something, you live it out. That’s not arrogant.
It’s actually liberating. It frees people up to join you in the
vision without suspicion or reservation. Honestly, from time to time,
our passion about our product fades. There are times that I just don’t feel it
the way that I did in the beginning While my commitment to the vision
is always there, the amount of energy
I have behind that vision can come and go. Here’s my advice to leaders
who have lost or sensed they may be losing their passion
to live out the vision. Don’t try to manufacture energy around
something you don’t have energy for. The smart people around you
will see right through that. Nobody appreciates a leader who has
replaced genuine passion with hype. In other words, don’t fake it.
Admit it. Admit it to a trusted friend
within your organization. If he’s honest, he will probably admit that he has experienced
the very same thing. Because everybody gets tired and
everybody gets distracted at some point. In healthy organizations,
people feel safe admitting their fatigue. When I feel my passion is waning or when I’m losing my drive to do
what our church has been called to do, I don’t hesitate to tell my core team.
Often, the confession alone really helps. When you confess to the right people,
you may discover, as I have, that their encouragement and
their enthusiasm alone may be the very thing that
helps you get back in the game. If your vision is going to stick,
you have to embody it. When you feel your enthusiasm beginning
to wane, don’t fake it. Confess it. That’s the most direct route back into
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Making Vision Stick | PART 6: Embrace It Personally
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