You Cannot Separate Leadership From Vision

You cannot separate leadership from vision.  Realizing a vision means realizing your potential to pursue that vision and see it bear fruit.  If a leader has a vision but does not take his potential seriously, that vision will soon die.  It will remain a dream.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 42

The Successful Use of Writing in Leadership

Successful use of writing, according to [Jim] Howard, comes down to eight main points:

  • Profitable writing requires complete solitude and regular practice.
  • Be prepared to go through 100 pages of nonsense to find one page of value in what you have written.
  • You have to eliminate your pride of ownership over what you’ve written or you’ll never be properly objective about it.
  • Have a sense of humor about what you have written.
  • Approach a piece of writing with some understandable focus for it while never forfeiting your spontaneity within the process.
  • Your goal in writing out your thoughts and feelings must matter enough to justify the pain and honesty involved.
  • Pay attention to the format and the words you use; they are clues to what you are actually doing.
  • Keep writing until you get the vision clear.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page40-41

The Value of Time Alone to a Leader

Many times unforeseen events force a leader to make an immediate decision without the benefit of time to reflect and deliberate.  At such moments, having the discipline of time spent regularly alone can pay big dividends.  It ensures visionary decision making.  It enables you to set a course and determine a plan of action without agonizing over each individual choice.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 38

Vision Requires Faith

Very often, those who feel called to a vision find, in that same calling, the strength to pull through when times are hard.  If you don’t believe in God, you will perhaps have a conviction that your vision is the right thing to do.  It requires faith to cherish the vision and implement it.

Very likely, the beginnings of a vision lie within you long before you recognize it.  Most people are so busy that their visions never register as more than a vague “If only…” or “Maybe one day it would be nice to…”

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 35

Leadership Begins When a Vision Emerges

Leadership begins when a vision emerges.  Proverbs 29:18 says “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  The true meaning of these words is “Without a vision, the people cast off restraint.”  Lack of vision among leaders results in lethargy, confusion, disorder, inefficiency and – at worst – anarchy.  This applies in business as well as politics.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 30