The lens of mission

Each leader has a primary lens they view their organization through. The primary lens is buried deep within each of us. For some, the primary lens is that of self. The job of leading becomes something that is about protecting the self, boosting the self, soothing the self. Leadership becomes a way to feel better about our station in the world. We use it to become (or remain) significant and important. These people leave wreckage in their wake. For others, the lens we view our organizations through is the mission. These people look at the organization and weigh their behaviors as to how effectively they can push the vision and the mission forward. The self gets put behind the team. These people leave success in their wake. I submit that the only way organizations can win the future of work is by having leaders who are looking through the lens of mission. 

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on November 14, 2018

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