How to capture a compelling vision
It requires courage to voice your vision, to stand up for it, and to battle the resistance you’ll inevitably face in return, because an effective vision by definition has to be original, and therefore to some degree be provocative, maybe even slightly controversial, according to Rob-Jan de Jong in his book Anticipate: The Art of Leading by Looking Ahead. That is one of the reasons why leaders are often reluctant to espouse a compelling vision, and yet vision casting is one of the key components of effective leadership.
The book aims to explain how anyone can become more visionary, by describing:
- Visionary content, including techniques for imagining a range of plausible future scenarios
- Visionary practices, including methods for seeing things early and connecting the dots
- Visionary self, including ways of developing your own integrity, credibility and authenticity as a leader
- Visionary communication, including how to harness the power of language and how to use stories to make your message more accessible
As the author states at the beginning of the book, vision is one of the key attributes required of leaders, and yet there are very few resources available which explain how to get and communicate a vision. In my opinion this book succeeds in breaking down the visioning process into achievable steps. It won’t turn you into an inspiring orator overnight, but it will give you a manageable path for finding, capturing, embodying and communicating a vision for your organization or cause.