As suggested by the illustration in Figure 1, a leader:
Sets direction represented in the first panel by the target with a bull’s-eye in the middle.
Aligns resources; that is, the leader collects followers who all look to hit the same target.
Motivates action, as suggested by the radio bars in the lower corners of the third figure, which causes the resources to progress towards the target.
Another way to say it, as summarized in Figure 2, is that a leader develops, holds, nurtures, communicates, and drives to achieve a vision. Like Harry Potter’s Marauder’s map, the leader holds a map that is always changing, making sense of it, and navigating the course accordingly with the team looking over his/her shoulder. Continue reading How to decide what kind of leader to be.→
Core Leaders who all describe the problem their organization solves for whom in the same way are apt to provide more consistent guidance and direction and so increase the odds of better performance across the board.
To get clear or to test for clarity, invite each Core Leader to:
Share consolidated articulation with Management Team.
Edit to reflect refinements based on input from managers.
Review with All Hands in written and stand-up presentations to inform, guide; solicit reaction and collect suggestions for improvement.
Revise as appropriate after review with Core Leaders and Management Team.
Finalize and publish for use in internal and external communications as a constant reminder, and to re-enforce clarity about, what the organization does for whom and why as well as to be clear about what the organization does not do.
Review and revise annually to reflect updated and expanded thinking in the face of experience