It should be obvious from your own leadership experiences up until now – VISION LEAKS! Imagine a big bucket. Vision is like the water you pour into the bucket to fill it up. When there is a good amount of water (vision) in the bucket, those you are leading are on board, life is good, and you are making great progress toward accomplishing the vision. However, in reality there are non-pluggable holes in your bucket and the water (vision) is constantly leaking out. When the amount of vision drops to a certain level, everything starts falling apart, people lose heart and lose direction, they start complaining about the wrong things, and accomplishing your vision seems impossible. That’s why we need to be constantly filling our bucket with vision.
You must cast vision every month, or when there is a bump in the road, whatever comes first.
Andy Stanley quotes from his Willow Creek Leadership Summit message, Making Vision Stick:
“Vision doesn’t stick, vision leaks.”
“ . . . if the followers don’t get it, it’s because the leader hasn’t delivered it, and if the followers don’t own it, it’s because we’ve not made it accessible enough to own it . . .”
“Where the vision isn’t clear, there will be no focus. And where there is no focus, there is just randomness, complexity . . . ”
“. . . as much as we want to blame the followers, the buck stops right here, with those of us that God has called to lead, and to lead with diligence.”
“Complexity is the enemy of vision.”