A question that is often overlooked is the question of the importance of leadership. Why is leadership important? Is it absolutely necessary to have someone in charge? While it may take many different forms, my argument is that good leadership is important.
It’s important to point out that I mentioned good leadership. In another post, I talked about How to Tell When Leadership is Lacking, and I’ll spend time in a future post differentiating between good and bad leadership. However, for now I’m speaking specifically about good leadership. Not authoritarian, dictatorial, or even laissez-faire style leadership. I mean solid, grounded, fair leadership.
Now let’s dive into why it is important.
1. Leadership gives vision
As the Scripture says: where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18a). Vision breathes life into people and the organization. The problem is that many people don’t have a vision for their life. A leader comes in and provides that vision for at least part of their life. A good leader should also help people develop visions for their own lives, too.
Leaders who can come in and communicate a succinct vision brings everything to a focus. Now people know where they’re going and how they fit in.
2. It gives direction
Vision in an organization tells people where they’re going; a good leader also communicates how they’ll get there. Multiple directions for the same vision creates division. It is the leader’s job to keep everyone on track and point people back to the vision. The goal is to get people from where they are now to where they fit into the future vision.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that people are just pawns in the scheme of the leader’s vision. A good leader communicates vision in such a way that people genuinely want to follow them. Leaders should remain beneficent and watch out for the good of their people.
3. Leadership gives empowerment
When people have the vision and direction of an organization, nothing can stop them. Leadership empowers because good leadership allows leaders to unleash their people’s potential. After a vision is communicated and the how is explained, a good leader can utilize the unique contributions of each person to achieve the organization’s goals without very much oversight.
Of course, oversight is necessary, but not to micromanage. In order to be empowering, oversight should be used a way to develop relationships with your people, coach them through tough problems, and discover how you can remove the barriers preventing them from doing their jobs.
Why is leadership important? Because it gives vision, direction, and empowerment. With those three things, leaders and the teams and organizations they serve can truly flourish.
Tell me what you think. Do you disagree with any of my points? Have you had a leader who did not cast vision well? How did that affect you? Have you had a leader that did cast vision well? How did that affect you?
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