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Thank you for your support of Albuquerque-based Pluma Construction Systems. As you know, we provide a full suite of commercial construction services and residential remodeling. Built on a quality foundation of unwavering ethics and quality workmanship we created the Pluma Leadership Minute (heard on 770 KKOB-AM) as a way to share insights with influential people, like you!

Over the last 11 weeks we have reviewed leader characteristics such as Trust, Integrity, Persistence, Patience, Courage, Personal Responsibility, Wisdom, leading by example, Initiative, Attitude and Resilience. Today we focus on Vision.

Former President Ronald Reagan said “To grasp and hold a vision, that is the very essence of successful leadership.” 

He also said, “The most important thing is to have the vision. The next is to grasp and hold it. You must see and feel what you are thinking. You must see it and grasp it. —Reagan

Vision identifies where it is you want to go. Beyond a simple tagline to repeat, at company meetings, campaigns, etc. Vision outlines the way you view the world. It gives others a glimpse through your eyes. And a good leader invites others to join in that view.

A visionary leader who clearly and passionately communicates his or her vision can motivate employees to act with passion and purpose, thereby ensuring that everyone is working toward a common goal. The end result is that everyone contributes to the organization’s forward momentum.

The leadership vision is powerful because the managers and leaders believe in the vision and mission. Not just a statement hanging on a wall, the leadership vision is even more powerful because people live the leadership vision every single day at work.

Recognition of a leader’s vision by the organizations employees is essential as it makes the employees well aware of what the organization is trying to achieve. Vision has the strength and ability to move the employees out of monotonous work life and to place them into a new challenging and dynamic work life. 

It’s clear from his tenure that Reagan’s vision was a key component of his success. Outlining your view of the world, and how to get to a better future, is an essential aspect of any leader’s toolbox. We can all learn from the example Reagan set in that regard.