Leaders know where they are headed, even if there are no guideposts, says Dr. Marlene Caroselli, author of e-book “Jesus, Jonas, & Janus: The Leadership Triumvirate.” “They have faith that their image of a better future can and will be realized. Leaders are confident in their ability to get things done.”
Getting things done implies a shift from the “good enough” to the “improved”—and that means leaders must have a vision, Dr. Caroselli notes. To help you formulate plans for executing your vision, you need a road map. The following five letters constitute just such a map, according to Dr. Caroselli:
A Anticipate: Consider who is likely to object to your vision; consider what their objections will be. Then verbally arm yourself to overcome those objections.
B Benefitize: List as many benefits as you can, for as many individuals/groups as you can. How will the organization itself benefit if your vision becomes reality?
C Categorize: Think of all those who will be affected if your plan is implemented. How will you communicate with them?
D Develop: Outline the plan, including the milestone dates that must be met.
E Extend: Think positively. Assume your plan has been successfully implemented, if only as a pilot project. How could it be extended? For a longer period? To other groups?
In addition, Dr. Caroselli says, Peter Drucker tells us leaders know how to ask questions...the right questions. Here are a few to consider: