Visionary Leadership: In Celebration of July 4, 1776

Great leadership requires vision, foresight, belief and a willingness to challenge orthodoxy in order to bring about change. This is the kind of example set by the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and in later years those that ratified the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights and other seminal documents that have afforded the opportunities many Americans enjoy.

Yet as we know, this grand experiment in representative Democracy strives for perfection, but is not - in fact - perfect. We all are familiar with many of the troubling truths about our history that have left stains which have yet to be reconciled. Still it is the value of visionary leadership that gives us hope for a better future.

Take the time to celebrate the ideals espoused in the Declaration of Independence today. Share it with family, friends and coworkers alike. It never hurts to revisit the principles that are the foundation of the environment that we operate in. Happy Fourth of July!

Designing Your Leadership Vision

Greetings friends!

In his book Design for the Real World, famed author and design philosopher Victor Papanek noted that "design is a conscious and intuitive effort to impose meaningful order. Design is both the underlying matrix of order and the tool that creates it."

This is a reminder that leadership is not just about processes, data and decision making. Great leaders must show some "heart and soul" as well as technical skills, for team members to follow them. 

Effective leaders are intentional about designing workplace eco-systems where employees are made to feel like full-fledged members of an exclusive club. To design these kinds of environments, leaders have to know and understand the talents of each team member. 

According to one Gallup survey of employers, people who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged in their work and three times more likely to say they have an excellent quality of life.

They also have to surround team members with systems and processes that support the amplification of those talents. This is where creative team design results in the establishment of group culture. 

To see how design "intentionally shows up" in great leaders, listen to Simon Sinek in this fascinating TED Talk from 2015.

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Have a great and productive week!