Millions of people visit the Washington and Jefferson Memorials. The whole scene was conceived, built, and maintained to help us keep ever-present in our minds and hearts that a grand Vision of the United States of America was created in the late 1700s. It was a vision that people lived and died for—to create a legal structure of government, with a balance of power, for a new democratic republic that gave its citizens the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This took place amidst a world view dominated by monarchies and their military might, who collaborated with other elites with their economic and social might.
It is important for us in the Twenty-first Century to keep in mind that a vital foundation for any effective leadership (and management or government) is creating and keeping the right vision and mission. The vision is about “being”, what people will see when they look around them, what their self, family, workplace, religion, community, nation and world will “be” like. The mission is about “doing,” what will you and your organization, nation, religion be doing in life, in the community, and in world, and what will that “doing” produce in your life and in the lives of others?
Over the years, I’ve worked with people to help them develop—or rethink—their sense of vision and mission. They have liked using brainstorming and information mapping techniques to bring out new ideas, connecting with their whole selves—heart, mind and spirit.