Behavior 4: Raise High the Vision

BLOG Image Raise High the VisionA common myth about leadership is that a leader is responsible to “establish a compelling vision.” This is just not true. Many leaders step into an organization that already has a great vision, and they should not try to prove that they are a leader by cooking up some new vision.

It absolutely is the leader’s job to make sure everyone understands why the business exists. Leaders aren’t required to come up with a great vision, but they are required to serve a great vision. Leaders who do not raise high a great purpose are throttling the contributions of the people who work for them. Human beings are designed to require purpose.

An organization’s vision must provide a compelling reason to care, a direct connection between daily work and making a difference in the world.

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The Peter Principle

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Lawrence J. Peter, co-author of the 1969 book, The Peter Principle, famously stated that, “employees tend to get promoted to their level of incompetence.” Reflecting on this over the years has led me to the conclusion that Dr. Peter was both right and wrong. He was right that people tend to do well at work for a while, and then later to do less well.

He had it right descriptively.

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From Great To Good

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[This Blog is excerpted as a sneak-peak from the soon-to-be published book, Great to Good: How For-Profit Businesses Are Redefining How Philanthropy Works In The New Century, by SHIP founders, John Stahl-Wert and Jim Van Eerden.]

Great is never the enemy of Good.

This statement is true. And the truth of this statement explains why the greatest companies in the world are about the daily task, without note or fanfare, of doing the greatest good for the world.

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Why Does “Great Purpose” Strengthen Business?

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In his 2006 TED talk, Rick Warren ended his remarks by paraphrasing the opening line from his worldwide, record-breaking bestseller, The Purpose-Driven Life. “It’s not about you,” Warren reminded the highly educated and privileged individuals seated before him. “It’s about the difference you make for the world.”

“It’s not about you” can just as well be said about organizations, too.

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