Commentary by Dr. Whitesel. The following is a helpful synopsis on this relationship penned by one of my LEAD 600 students:
John Kotter (2012, p. 71) includes six characteristics or “-abilities” for an effective vision. It is to be
- Imaginable: Conveys a picture of what the future will look like.
- Desirable: Appeals to the long-term interests of employees, customers, stockholders, and others who have a stake in the enterprise
- Feasible: Comprises realistic, attainable goals.
- Focused: Is clear enough to provide guidance in decision making
- Flexible: Is general enough to allow individual initiative and alternative responses in light of changing conditions
- Communicable: Is easy to communicate; can be successfully explained within five minutes
Kotter (2012) also notes that a vision is only one element in a larger system that includes strategies, plans, and budgets (p. 70). I like how he diagrams it (p. 71):
This may be a good framework to use for anchoring vision in the context of our Leadership and Management Growth plans.
Grace & Peace, Larry
Kotter, J. (2012). Leading Change. [Kindle DX eBook version]. Retrieved from www.amazon.com