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The Leadership Equation: Worthy Vision

Up to this point, we have discussed the leadership characteristics that enable trust and demonstrate competence. Now, we will focus on the characteristics of a good leader that help cast vision for others.

Much has been written about the importance of vision for a leader. When a leader casts vision, people share and follow a leader’s passions, hopes, dreams, and direction. Not all visions are created equal, however. Some visions have more worth than others.

    \[ l_i = \left ( i_1 + t + f + h + \frac{s_1}{s_2} + c_1 + j\right )\left ( w_1 + u + l + \frac{s_3}{a} + e \right )\left ( w_2 + \frac{m_1}{m_2} + c_2  \right ) \]

where l_i = leadership/influence and w_2 = worthy vision </div> So what makes a vision worthy? Merriam-Webster defines worthy as “having worth or value”. This definition is not exactly helpful. For many organizations and corporations, one could observe that a worthy vision is a vision that has economic or financial value for its stakeholders. I reject this notion. **What Makes a Vision Worthy?** * **Authentic**- Does the leader really believe in the vision? Or is there another hidden vision? Vision is not a statement on a wall or website. When a leader espouses one vision only to exhibit behavior contrary to that vision (enacted), a team will see through the facade and become disillusioned. Consistency is key. * **Good**- Worthy visions are moral and pure. Does the vision promote the welfare of others and make the world a better place? Visions that are selfish and/or neutral do not ultimately inspire others and keep people around. * **Big**- Worthy visions are greater than any one individual and make room for others to participate in that vision. A vision should be big enough to challenge others to think bigger than they previously have thought. Big visions require faith. * **Long-term**- If the end is in sight, then you are not looking far enough as a leader. Worthy visions inspire a journey filled with victory and defeat, good and bad, trial and growth. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on worthy visions. Please leave a comment below.

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