How do we create the vision for the community?
The leaders look to the people --the masses for ideas, to galvanize for action, to demand certain things, so that the leaders will say yes this is what the people want and we will do it, we will deliver.
The masses minding their own business, doing their daily grind do not care about their community governance so much unless it affects them like taxes, services, pool schedules, etc.
When there is a call for engagement or participation, the masses would ask, what are our leaders’ vision in our community? What is the framework that we can unite on and engage in collective action? They look to the leaders to provide the vision, the inspiration, and the will to act.
What happens is both the leaders and the masses wait for each other to create the vision for the future? Most of the time, this happens.
When the leaders do not have the audacity to create a compelling and inspiring vision, they renege on their leadership function. They become expendable. There are already too many managers but not enough leaders in our society.
Do not expect the masses to create a vision for the community. It is like asking them what they want to have for dinner.
What about the hungry pack? Those who cannot wait for the next 10 years before the citizens get awakened and start to vote for the right people with the vision and right skills to take them to the next level.
The hungry pack will be those who have a lot of stake in keeping a strong economy within the community, where the status quo is not enough, where dynamism is a prerequisite to growing industries that will attract and retain local talent and investments. These are the individuals, organizations, and enterprises that would like to protect the assets that exist but also enhance the uniqueness and strengths of the community. They can be consulted to help shape the general direction of change that needs to take place.
The livability and vibrancy of the community come from the shared vision of a healthy, dynamic, safe and prosperous society.
In your organization, who are the those that will not settle for the business-as-usual and would like to strive for better, smarter, and stronger outcomes. Seek them out and you might be surprised at what you will discover.
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