Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., passed almost a year ago to this day. My husband reflected that the breadth of his leadership is something we’re unlikely to see again in the near future, due to greater specialization and shifts in culture. Nonetheless, his longevity and stature give us reason to pause and consider his contributions to our understanding of vision. He wrote:
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.- Theodore Hesburgh
— Leadership Tips (@LeadershipTipss) February 1, 2016
Or as an old Sicilian proverb (that may or may not be old, or Sicilian, but is quoted here) says, a fish rots from its head.
As a leader, you need to know the vision of your ministry/organization, and just as importantly, so do your stakeholders! This means your key collaborators, supporters, volunteers–everyone. We can’t go anywhere effectively, until we have an idea where we’re going, what’s the desired future worth sacrificing, praying, and working for?