Execution of Vision = Management and Leadership

How is vision executed successfully? Through the synergy of management and leadership.

Thomas Edison (1847-1931), inventor of the practical electric light bulb, understood the power that is released through the conflation of leadership and management to get things done!

He said...

"Vision without execution is hallucination.”

For a leader to successfully execute vision he/she must also manage well.

Good leadership and management operate on the assumption that the clearer the vision one has of what he or she is trying to accomplish, the greater the chances of accomplishing it. Another assumption is that progress can only be measured in terms of what one is trying to progress toward.  Progress is measured by whether we are fulfilling our purpose.

In other words: Leadership is applied through management…
… and this applies in the church, government, and business spheres.

So… what are the ingredients of successful execution of leadership management?


10 Ingredients of Successful Management and Leadership

1. The first ingredient in successful leadership management is Determining Your Objectives.

Determine the important end results you want to attain and when you want to attain them.  State them in writing, accurately, briefly, and clearly. 

2. The second ingredient on effective management and leadership is Planning Necessary Activities.

Decide what major activities must be performed in order to achieve your objectives.  Do this planning for your general vision, your specific goals, your long-range, intermediate, and immediate objectives.

Ask these questions:
...Is it necessary?
...Is it important?
...Why?

3. The third ingredient is Organizing Your Program.

Make a checklist of all important things that must be done. Remember that urgent things are not necessarily important.

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe during World War II and 34th President of the United States said:

“The urgent is seldom important, and the important is seldom urgent.”

Arrange the important things in their priority and make a breakdown of each activity.  Identify essential steps in the sequence of their importance.

Here are some helpful questions you should ask: 
* What is to be done?
* Why is it necessary?
* Where should it be done?
* When should it be done?
* Who should do it?

4. The next ingredient in effective management and leadership is Preparing a Timetable.

Prepare a work schedule.  Set a time for the completion of each step in your program.  Stick to your schedule or reset it.  Don’t let time slip by without definite action.  It is most important to follow through.

5. The fifth ingredient is Establishing Control Points.

Determine where and when you will review progress in relation to your objective.  Establish bench marks.  Make necessary adjustments.  Determine remedial action as it is required.

6. Clarifying Responsibilities and Accountability is the next ingredient to successful leadership management.

Clarify all delegated responsibilities, authorities, and relationships, and see to it that they are coordinated and controlled.

7. The seventh ingredient is Maintaining Channels of Communication.

Keep your associates (superiors, assistants, subordinates, and any others affected) fully informed.  Be sure to make it easy for them to keep you advised on all pertinent matters essential to successful operations.

8. Developing Cooperation is an essential ingredient in successful management and leadership.

Successful achievement largely depends upon groups of people working together.  Clarify the results to be accomplished, and identify what is expected of every individual affected.  If you don’t do these things, lost motion, misunderstanding, and frictions are almost certain to delay progress.

9. Resolving Problems, ingredient #9, is vital to leadership management.

Group thinking multiplies individual thinking and coordinates the capacities of members of the group. You can build morale through participation. 

An operating problem is any interference with the desired end results.  In order to help resolve problems I suggest you apply the following steps:

Step 1: Identify and clarify the problem.  Take one specific problem at a time.  Analyze underlying causes and contributing conditions.

Step 2: Develop possible solutions and then select the best solution.

Step 3: Determine a plan of action and then put it into effect.

Step 4: Check results in terms of improvement and objectives.  Acquire, explore, sort, assimilate, utilize, test, act, and follow through.

10. The final ingredient to successful execution of management and leadership is Giving Credit Where Credit is Due.

Recognize and give due acknowledgement and credit to all who assist in the successful attainment of your objectives.

The law of recognition is as fundamental as the law of action and reaction.


Recommended Reading: Postmodern Management and Organization Theory

Author Dr. David Boje, Professor and Bill Daniels Ethics Fellow, a past endowed Bank of America professor of management at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces is one of the most thought provoking academic writers on current trends in leadership theory and practice.

This textbook was required reading for my doctoral students in the leadership seminar when I taught at Beacon University. It is one of the most challenging and innovative books in the field of management theory in the last two decades.

Boje considers the future of the postmodern influence on management and organization theory and method. This is NOT an "easy-read", but it is a very "worthy" read for any leader concerned with effective paradigms for management and leadership in the postmodern church, government, and business environments.


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