Everyone has a vision on how to make the world a better place. Whether it is unconditional peace between all people or a high-tech innovation, we all have dreams. However moving from a dream through execution to reality always proves more difficult. Our most respected and effective visionaries, whether it be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs or your favorite community leader all are able to create a loyal group of supporters. How do they do it and more importantly what key elements can we learn about communicating our vision?
1. If you build they will come. What James Earl Jones forget to tell Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams is that there are just a few other elements needed to get people to care about a baseball field in Iowa.
A. Articulate in five minutes or less what you intend to create in the future–expressing your idea in a compelling, concise and confident manner is essential.
B. How do you intend to get people marching with you and why should they care? Integrity and Optimism are key leadership traits you must display. Even on the darkest days of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would state “What a great time it is to be alive”.
Finally Dwight D. Eisenhower had a particularly telling statement on the importance of integrity in a leader:
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”– Dwight David Eisenhower
With these thoughts in mind–dream it, do it and report back.
Until next time-be good and cultiviate your community of friends.