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How to develop an effective leadership vision

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Keywords: leadership, leadership vision, moral duty

At its heart, leadership is an influence- and relationship-based set of activities and outcomes. A primary part of leadership is the development and provision of a vision that helps to drive and motivate people and an organisation in order to fulfil the purposes. Whilst vision is probably one of the most cited leadership activities, it also tends to be:

1. frequently misunderstood
2. complex
3. contingent
4. interpreted through moral and ethical filters.

One of the primary findings of recent research, including assertions by Peter Senge of MIT (2006), is that successful leaders, rather than delivering a vision, tend to define a shared vision.


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