It doesn’t really matter whether you were alive or not, loved or hated John F. Kennedy. What really matters is that today we are honoring a fallen president. A president who lost his life at such a young age. For those of us who remember that day it was as if time stood still. We had just survived the Cuban Missle Crisis, a showdown over Cuba involving the U.S. and Russia. Those days of October 1963 had been agonizing as we held our breath not knowing if as a nation we would live or die.
What we lost was more than a president. His vision for America died with him. There was much he wanted to do. When I hear someone asked ‘what makes a good leader’ I rarely hear a response that includes ‘vision’. Leadership without vision is is nothing more than managing day to day rather than looking ahead. Steve Jobs was a modern day visionary, although not well liked by his employees and colleagues. As controllers, vision is an important skill set. I’m not suggesting you come up with the next big and new gadget but that you constantly are surveilling your surroundings. Understanding your work environment, especially its vulnerabilities and weaknesses will often reveal what that next step should look like.
Are your leadership skills in need of improvement?