Some years ago,I was opportuned to lay my hands on a book titled “in pursuit of vision” authored by the world renowned preacher of the gospel,in person of Bishop(Dr) David Oyedepo.
Little did i know that i will be tested on what i read years ago with a simple and single sentence.
In the midst of a tete-a tete with someone yesterday,suddenly she asked me a question :
HOW CAN VISION BE COMMUNICATED?
Though it caught me unaware,took me by surprise but after a while at the tail end of our discussion,i referred her back to the questions and i was able to enlightened her of what vision is all about.
Vision simply connotes:
“Vision is not about the dream and trance that is commonly experienced by almost every human being.It is all about the essence of our existence with the discovery of how our existence can impart and influence our environment while we are still living and beyond when we are no longer alive.It encompasses what we stand for and what is needed to serve as a means of proffering solutions to the myriads of challenges ravaging the existence of humanity at one point in time.It usually starts as a little ideas and philosophy that is obtainable in terms of revelation and inspiration”.
Just like every form of communication that involves both the donor and the recipient,every communication must terminate with a feedback from the recipient which will signal and show the degree of understanding of the contents of information passed across to the recipient.
Communicating vision across board is one of the major attributes of good leadership because good leadership must not be an island,it must be all encompassing with the full carriage of follower along with the necessary information from the leader that will make them to be independent and prepared them as good successors for leadership position in the nearest future.
WHAT ARE THE ATTRIBUTES OF VISION?
No matter how simple or little a vision might be ,one of the litmus test of any vision is the time factor that determine whether it is a genuine vision or a vision that cannot stand the test of time.Vision conceived by anyone must be able to stand trials and the test of time.Vision must be elastic.No matter how it is stretched,it must not reach a breaking point.It must outlive the visioner and be able to accommodate every tribes and nations of the world because God destined every human to be a global authority not a local authority,so also our ideas and philosophies must carry the essence of our divine existence by being relayed to the generality of the world.
2.Tool of Correction:
Every vision conceived by anyone must be a tool of correction,it must be able to correct and destroy the original status quo that is in control in any given place.A good vision should not be at par with what is in vogue,rather should outsmart what is in vogue and end up championing another course that will promote the course of humanity in a given space of time.
3.Tool of change:
No matter the simplicity of any vision,it must serve as a tool of change in the overall society.Vision should be able to approach and stem down any form of societal vices that seems to be in vogue in a particular place at any particular moment of human existence.
4.Tool of Influence:
The conception of any vision when it is ripe must be able to influence the society at large.Good vision influences the totality of human existence without any struggle and cuddling.It must be able to champion another course that will proffer solutions to myriads of challenges humanity is bedeviled with.
5.Vision must be simple:
The essence of every vision lies in its simplicity.Without the the presence of the visioner or at the exit of the original owner of a vision the receiver of such vision should be able to comprehend and apply its contents to the present needs of the society in its entirety at any point in time.Simplicity of vision is the main thing that makes every vision available to everybody that needs direction at any moment in time.
6.Vision must be written and pursued:
As it is chronicled on the pages of the scripture,actualizing the demands and dictates of any vision will be incomplete and impossible without the vision been written down and without it been pursued with all the available resources at the disposal of the visioner or at the domain of the visioner at a particular moment in the process of time.No doubt about it, many visions have been aborted due to the fact that they are not documented, written and pursued in other to see the actualization in this generation and in the coming generation.
7.Visions are always seed-like:
Often times than none,considering many of the great ideas,philosophies and inventions that are obtainable in the world,one can vividly see that these are visions that started very little in terms of size,volume ,impact and impart but within a space of time,they end up becoming enormous and gigantic in terms of their influence from one generation to another.Visions always starts very small with no bearings and meanings to what is obtainable in the society when it begins but they end up taken forms and shapes gradually with times.Every good vision germinates with time just as a seed germinates when all the conditions necessary for germination are provided.
8.Visions must be Evergreen:
At one point in time,our world has been occupied with one form of ideas and philosophies that are conceived by someone or group of people but what makes a good vision is the longevity of the vision in the space of time.Many great minds have occupied the corridor of leadership at a point in time but the impart of their vision on the generality of the society made their names to be written in gold in the annals of history.
Martin Luther Kings Jnr,Mother Teresa,Mahatma Gandhi,Nelson Mandela and many other great minds were known to stand for something unique in the course of their existence on earth and the impact and impart of their influence are been referenced to in the annals of history till today.
It can be seen that the visions of these people and host of others can be viewed to be evergreen with their tap root deeply rooted down into the earth surface.
Without any doubt,the essence of every vision is resident deeply in communication.The process of conceiving an idea that ends up into a vision must be relayed and communicated to other for unending continuity.Visions becomes aborted when it is not communicated to other or when its scope of communication is limited to a particular stratum of the society.
It is through the length and quality of the communication of vision that good leadership is birthed.Any leader occupying any post at a particular time in the terrain of human existence must ensure that its scope of leadership with the accompanying aims and objective are deeply engrossed in the minds of its followers.Good leaders always ensure that their visions are not dead at their exit by ensuring that their followers ensure the continuity of what they stand for while occupying the corridor of leadership.
RELEVANCE OF VISION TO LEADERSHIP
Leadership entails all concepts, methods and approaches optimized effectively and efficiently to offer adequate and appropriate up-to-date guidance, mentorship and tutelage to subordinate and subjects about a particular subject matter, fields and areas of endeavour or area of concern.
The tutelage and mentorship offerred can be formal and informal.
Whether it is formal or informal, the essence of leadership is centred around bulding up and edifying others to achieve the beauty of their purpose in the course of their existence.
For leadership to satisfy its purpose of profferring solutions throgh mentorship and tutelage, visionary leadership must be offerred at every point in time.
Vision always position leaders on a pedestal of being ahead in terms of ideas,contents and philosophies platformed on the ability of giving values and virtues to subjects and subordinates.
Leadership must be total in all concept and approach must be geared towards being ahead in giving out cutting edge solutions birthed through vision.
Effective form of leadership flourishes when it maximizes the opportunities and benefits inherent in the possession of such vision.
Having deep insights into the beauty of the future and having a means of getting the beauty established for the betterment of the society at large signals the possession of vision.
It is the possession of insights that makes leaders effective in the course of tutoring and mentoring the subordinate.
Effective leadership suffers once vision is amiss.
Vision adds value to leadership and makes it efficient in proffering adequate solutions to the challenges at hand.
Vision add value to leadership and the accompany respect added is unquantifiable.
In conclusion,the continuity of human existence that is geared towards all round progressive development will become a reality when personal efforts is geared towards deep understanding of what is expedient of every leader with their scope of ideas and contents of their philosophies being communicated to their followers.It is common every where in the world that everybody is yearning for the emergence of good leadership but it is scarce to see anyone yearning for good follower-ship.
Meanwhile, we all forget that the emergence of good leadership is a mirage without the emergence of good follower-ship.The seed of good leadership is enshrined in the nucleus of good follower-ship but good leadership is birthed when every leader makes it as a responsibility to communicate their visions to their followers and ensured that its contents are enshrined and engraved in the minds of everyone looking up at them for direction and solution at one point in time in the course of human existence.