The Power of a Vision

3 May
2017

The Power of a Vision

The power of a Vision

The power of a Vision


Having a burning vision catapults you from being a mere mortal to becoming a person on a
mission, a loaded missile carrying a payload to be detonated in a way that would affect the
landscape of entire communities, entire states or entire nations! When you are on a mission,
you can become a movement because you attract followers as your vision ignites their
passions.

Che Guevara and the revolutionaries of South America began with a vision, became a
people on a mission, culminating in a movement that swept across Cuba and other parts of
South America. Someone who has become an ideology may be killed, access to their
writings and recordings restricted but their influence cannot be erased.
Gandhi for years lived the life of a lawyer in the rat race, making money like everyone else.
Once he embraced his vision however, he became a man on a mission and mobilised a
movement. At the time of his death, the movement had become an ideology known as
“Gandhism” and “non-violent resistance”.

You are the leader I am talking about here, the one with the potential and vision that can
change your community or even your nation forever! Do you believe in yourself? Do you
believe in your vision? Vision must be put in writing with milestones, goals and deadlines. It
must also have a workable plan. See yourself serving people, deploying your gift! Vision
makes the leader, vision is the soul of leadership and without vision, there is no leader!
It’s no wonder then, that so many African leaders fail at leading their people, to the extent of
shamefully falling asleep at AU (African Union) meetings. It is painfully obvious that someone
who falls asleep at an AU meeting has no concept of what it means to be there, attending
only because they have been told it is the right thing to do! Many of these “leaders” do not
really understand the role they are meant to play in the positions they occupy; not fully
grasping how they fit into the big picture!

In contrast, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa gave rousing speeches at the African
Union. He saw himself as a leader, carrying a vision to move the entire continent of Africa
forward. He recognised that his gift was to be “served” to others! He had a Pan African vision
which he and others like him pursued with all their might!

Vision makes the leader and leaves you with a legacy. Many leaders are only remembered
for one thing. Therefore, if you could find just one thing that you want to be remembered for,
you have hit on your vision; you have found it!

Leadership is problem solving, it is not ambition. If you find that while dreaming of your
vision, all you can visualise are the material riches you stand to gain from that position of
leadership, rest assured, that is no vision but rather a fantasy, a daydream or an ambition.
Dreaming can, however, bring you into your vision. Indeed, the most potent dreams are
those dreamt with wide open eyes. Therefore, when others are complaining around you,
remember that the problem they are complaining about is your opportunity to deploy your
leadership. What problem are you going to solve today? Wherever you may find yourself; in
that organisation, in that firm, in that school, in that community? Do something to solve one
problem today

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