Leadership Insights, Values

Vision Violation

July 7, 2017 | Rick VanDermyden

If you are a leader, you know that one of the most important things you can do for your organization is to have a clear vision.

Without a clear vision, it is extremely difficult to articulate what your purpose is to both your employees and your clients. This, in turn, makes your organization less efficient and less attractive to potential clients. Sometimes, however, even after making your vision clear, some employees may act in a manner contrary to the aims of your organization.

How do you respond to behavior within your organization that violates your vision?

If you do not take any action at all, then the integrity of your whole organization is at risk. It is important to act, but most people do not know how to address this issue. I recently spoke with a leader who had recently encountered this very problem. He told me of an employee who had violated the mission statement of his organization. Once the leader found out about the violation, he addressed the employee directly, told him his actions were a breach of the values of the company, and had him take a week off to think about it.

Upon hearing this, I immediately thanked the leader for standing up for his vision. Doing so says more than anything else he could have said or done. It is so important for the members of our organizations to remember who they are, not just what they do. The behaviors that come out of understanding who they are will be impactful throughout the organization, and will be far more effective at upholding the vision.

Because the leader stood behind the vision and values of his company, his leadership team is stronger and his company is stronger, and they are making a bigger difference in their community. Let’s all commit to correcting the behavior in our organizations based on our visions and values. Let’s commit to living and leading from a vision and values based perspective.

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