How To Create A Shared Team Vision
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“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” This quote from Warren Bennis, famous author and pioneer in the contemporary field of leadership studies, describes the important relationship between leadership and vision.
Without vision, your business will lack direction. And as a leader, it is your responsibility to direct your team toward success. But successful businesses are rarely a one-man band. It takes a team of dedicated individuals to turn a vision into a reality.
Your team, however, will not be able to provide you with the support you need if they don’t have a clear understanding of where they’re headed and why they’re headed there.
That’s why it’s necessary to create a shared team vision. Knowing why it’s important to reach a certain business goal will give your employees a better idea of what you’re expecting from them, and therefore they’ll be able to do their jobs more effectively.
So now that you know why it’s important to create a shared team vision, it’s time to show you how to get started!
A Guide To Developing A Shared Team Vision
Begin With A Dream
Before scheduling a meeting with your team, take a little time to dream about your company’s future and what you want to achieve. Write down a brief outline of this, and pick out a few departments within your business that’d you’d like to see grow.
Present The Benefits
In order to get your team to buy into your vision, you need to share it in a way that inspires them. And the best way to do this is by showing them how they can benefit from it – you may want to think about a possible incentive system for achieving set goals.
Work Together To Set Achievable Goals
Get your employees to take ownership of the shared team vision by asking them to write down a list of achievable goals that will bring the company closer to the desired outcome.
Dedicate a few minutes to discussing each other’s goals, and deciding which goals need to take priority. Then, write down a list of the most important goals and work together to decide what needs to be done in order to achieve them. Once you have drawn together a ‘to-do list’ you can now match up individual talents and abilities with each task and start assigning responsibility – make sure you keep a record of who is responsible for each task!
Create A Timeline For Your Shared Team Vision
This is probably the most important step in ensuring your vision materialises. Without task deadlines, your vision is simply a dream floating around in your head! So be sure to give each task a definite deadline.
Put Everything In Writing
Type out a brief summary of the shared team vision, the goals that need to be achieved, the tasks that need to be completed, members responsible for each task, as well as the confirmed deadlines. Print this out and put it in an area that everyone can access – this way your team will have a constant visual reminder of what needs to be done.
After reading this simple guide on how to create a shared team vision, we hope that you’re all fired up and ready for action!
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