LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION DRIVE VISION TO SUCCESS: IMPLEMENTING THE LAW OF THE PICTURE, CREDIBILITY AND COMMUNICATION
A familiar admonition states “without vision, a people perish.”  Indeed, from Solomon’s time to our modern era, problems develop when we lack vision. Without vision, individuals and institutions go adrift.
We can sense when things are adrift in our private lives, in our business enterprises and in our larger society. But often we do not see what causes institutions to go adrift. People don’t react quickly enough and so a drifting institution becomes a beached, shipwrecked calamity.
Who would have thought that a stalwart like G.E. would sink as it has over the last two years? Then again, who in the 1950’s or early 60’s would have imagined that General Motors would have to go through bankruptcy and be bailed out by the federal government? Or that the Ford Motor Company, reeling from so much loss of market share in passenger cars, would announce plans to abandon that sector entirely except for two car models?
Leaders generate and cast a new vision. Generating vision involves taking existing conditions and circumstances into account, defining a desired and preferred future state and then working on how to move from here to there. Whether the picture leaders project stays in focus or not then depends on what leaders do as well as on what they say.
Leaders set the tone by what they do each day. Is what they do congruent with the vision? When leaders act with integrity and show personal dedication, excellence and sacrifice they set an example. People around them relate and emulate. John Maxwell summarizes the Law of the Picture by saying “People do as people see.”  Excellence at the top breeds excellence within the organization. Just as surely, corruption or chronic, uncorrected flaws at the top – in spirit or in practice – breed the same below. No surprise then, that in business, even without unusual events beyond one’s control, a leader’s personal drift or inattention to the overall environment, the business at hand or the people around him puts the enterprise in jeopardy.
From experience and observation, we can conclude that underlying ingredients for lifting an organization is the leader’s constant engagement with others and commitment to improving his or her own character and effectiveness as a leader. The leader who raises his own leadership lid has a higher capacity to influence others and multiply success.
Great leaders improve themselves while building a team and developing workable strategies. Great leaders use their credibility to continually motivate people to achieve measurable goals connected to a relatable purpose. Such communication is effective because people work their best when they truly understand the “why” the “what” and the “how” of what their organization is doing.
By investing in personal growth and development, you can increase your capacity to lead others, build effective teams and propel your organization toward success. May 2019 be your year for growth, leadership and outstanding achievement.
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 Proverbs 29:18
 Law 13, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John Maxwell.