Leaders know how to take an obscure vision and make it practical and attainable.
Immediately following John’s words to bring fruit in keeping with repentance, the crowd asks, “What then shall we do?” I love John’s response.
Share with others. Don’t take more than is yours. Don’t threaten anyone.
Three simple things. Practical and attainable.
Note that John addresses the entire crowd in his delivery. He tells the everyday person to share a tunic. He charges the tax collectors to only take what is rightfully theirs. He commands the soldiers with do not extort money from others. In other words he breaks down the vision for each person. He makes it real for them.
As leaders, we can have incredible vision but the real question is whether the vision will reach all people. Can everyone be included in the vision? Are the first steps attainable? As a leader, do you know how to include, involve and initiate change?
Finally, allow me to draw your attention to the motive behind vision. Compassion.
If our vision is not about helping others, it’s a vision about us. Selfish.
How are you including others in your vision?
How can you make your purpose wrap its arms around compassion?