Vision in Leadership

Walt Disney was one of the greatest dreamers of the twentieth century. The spark for that vision came from an unexpected place. When Walt’s two daughters were young, he used to take them to an amusement park in the Los Angeles area. His girls loved it, and he did too. The carousel especially captivated Walt. As he approached it, he saw a blur of bright images racing around to the tune of energetic calliope music. But when he got closer and the carousel stopped, he could see that his eye had been fooled. He observed shabby horses with cracked and chipped paint. And only the horses on the outside row moved up and down. The others stood lifeless, bolted to the floor.

The cartoonist disappointment inspired him with a grand VISION. In his mind’s eye he could see an amusement park where the illusion didn’t evaporate, where children and adults could enjoy a carnival atmosphere without the seedy side. His dream became Disneyland. His vision could be summarized as, “No chipped paint. All the horses jump.” Because of Walt’s VISION, Disneyland has brought joy to millions of children and families. (Taken from a leadership book by John C. Maxwell.)

You have been elected as a leader in your PTA. Every year in our Utah PTA Leadership Convention we meet new PTA Presidents who hope to leave convention understanding exactly where to start in leading their local PTAs. The first thing you need to do is to “Go Back to the Basics” of where you want your PTA to be at the end of your term.  John C. Maxwell said, “Vision is everything for a leader. It is utterly indispensable. Why? Because vision leads the leader. It paints the target. It sparks and fuels the fire within, and draws him forward. It is also the fire lighter for others who follow that leader. Show me a leader without vision and I’ll show you someone who isn’t going anywhere.”