Setting a vision to give direction?
Helpful to have a list of what makes a “great vision”?
How many of the 10 boxes does your vision tick?
Here, red10‘s Will Sudworth gathers research-based expertise into ten criteria you can either ‘tick’ as covered, or use to help you further refine your organisational vision.
Conditions for Success
You could fill library after library with all the research and leadership books encouraging leaders to create a shared compelling vision.
It has always been one of red10‘s 9-Dimensions, our research-based framework helping leaders to create the conditions for their teams and organizations to thrive.
This is because having a compelling vision increases the chances of:
- Moving in the same direction – providing a ‘North Star’ that helps everyone navigate.
- Individuals and teams consistently making purposeful decisions, like the question constantly asked by the UK Olympic rowing squad Will it make the boat go faster?
The chances are that you already have a vision in your head, most probably it’s already shared amongst many of you and set out in a slide, which leads us to straight to this question: what does a great vision look like?
10 Criteria to Confirm or Challenge
As a helpful tool for coaching leaders and teams, we’ve pulled together the advice of two leadership gurus on “what makes a great vision?”, together with our own experience, to create a set of 10 boxes that you can either ‘tick’ as covered, or use to challenge and refine your thinking.
The First 5 – From Hackman
The first set of boxes comes from the late Professor J. Richard Hackman – a pioneer in conditions-based coaching and a world-leading expert in organisational behaviour.
Published in his book Leading Teams, they are: