Enjoy this excerpt from our new book, Healthy Leadership.
A simple, proven way to clarify your vision and inspire action is to answer the following Fundamental Four questions being asked by your team, whether you hear them or not:
1. What are we trying to achieve? (Goals)
2. How are we going to achieve it? (Plans)
3. How can I contribute? (Roles)
4. What’s in it for me? (Rewards—professional, social, emotional, and financial)
The clarity of your answers is directly proportionate to the clarity of your vision. If you haven’t clearly communicated the answers to all four of these questions, or you assume your team knows the answers, your vision will be a blur. You will have a team going in different directions, unfocused, unclear, or worse, not even wanting to venture a few steps forward.
A clear vision helps teams see where they are going and understand how they can help get there. People naturally feel more accountable and motivated when they clearly understand that they are a part of something bigger than themselves.
Commit the time to clarify your vision by answering the Fundamental Four questions . . . and not just once. Maintain clarity by frequently and consistently answering these questions for yourself and for your team. It will inspire them to venture to new and exciting destinations with you.
An inspiring leader and our late friend Ron Rossetti liked to say, “Awesomeness is never accidental.” Our clients who clarify their vision for their teams are intentional about answering the Fundamental Four questions.
They use the questions as a checklist to ensure that their messages address each question. The alignment and engagement in their organizations are notably greater than organizations where employees lack clarity, and their results are notably better.