A team without a vision is like a ship without a rudder. It may move, but it won’t have any direction and the crew won’t have any control of their destiny. Remember, a ‘vision’ is a destination — a fixed point to which we focus all effort.
Every leader of a team has a responsibility to help give them direction and build and follow a vision. Here’s how to do it in a few simple steps:
Involve the team in building the team vision
It’s well proven that teams that are involved from the beginning in deciding where they want to go, is almost 80% more likely to follow that direction. As a manager, don’t build a vision and send it to the team to ‘review’ and ‘provide feedback’. Instead, build it from inside out as much as possible – have at least one meeting where you ask them for feedback on where they think they should be in 1, 2, or 5 years. Use that information to build a vision.
Ensure the vision is aligned to the business
Whatever vision your team settles on – make sure it is aligned to the goals of the business. There’s no point being the greatest technology team that ever lived, when the company is not on the same page.
Set goals to achieve that vision
Once you’ve decided on the team vision, the next step is set goals that will achieve it within a given time frame. Create SMART goals and build out a high level schedule to achieve milestones. Finally, be sure to track progress and celebrate the successes you and your team meet on their journey to achieve their vision.