Osborne, Larry. Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret: Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 20, “Creating and Sustaining Vision: The Leader’s Role” (Loc. 2071-2182)
Osborne views the visionary leader as essential. He considers vision as something which is very fragile and needs help to exist (Loc. 2075). To be effective, he says the leader must do four things.
- Verify the vision (Loc. 2078). Make sure it is appropriate and can be accomplished. Adjust the vision as needed to fit the organization’s key values.
- Communicate the vision (Loc. 2095). If the vision is not understandable it is useless. It must be brief and targeted.
- Build a team around the vision (Loc. 2142).
- Preserve and protect the vision and values (Loc. 2155). The leader must look at all the consequences of action.
So the vision is articulated by the visionary leader and then is impervious to input or critique. This sounds like the Latin American dictatorships from a bygone generation.