As a business owner, if your leadership is wavering, it’s possible your team will too. A good place to start is at the core of your business — its VISION.
Any “commoner” can gain lessons from the movie, Braveheart, and main character, William Wallace. Let’s look at the fundamental applications to business owners and leaders.
I had the pleasure of hearing Robert Wallace, writer of Braveheart, speak recently about his personal story that inspired this movie. I have difficulty committing to 3-hour movies, but his talk compelled me to watch it. And, yes, I realize it was filmed in 1995, which means you’re never too old to learn and quality movies are timeless.
Lesson #1: Every Company Needs A Vision – Written Down and Communicated!
Company Vision: is the guiding light of your company; something that inspires us to give our best.
Every business owner may have good intentions of what their business stands for, however, you need to take the time to write something down that is meaningful and well thought out. If you don’t know what that is, don’t expect others to know it.
Lesson #2: “Men don’t follow titles, they follow courage.”
William Wallace had a cause that was not about what he gained – it was about the collective good. Whatever journey you took to become a business owner — first born son, working up the ranks — build a culture of authenticity and passion that excites you and others to be part of your movement; make a difference for your community, families, and team members. Then, be consistently unwavering about your beliefs, no matter the economic climate. This is where your leadership becomes vital to your team.
Lesson #3: Your Vision Has More Power Than You Think
When you have blazed the path, your team members will continue to run with it. Look at Apple and Steve Jobs; not even his death could make him go away. Why? He was true to Apple’s vision and so were his followers. The new CEO, Tim Cook, may be forever standing in his shadows. Make no mistake, team members did and still do have to transition to a new person, which means a new perspective and some changes. Your direction may change, your vision never does.
Be passionate about your vision because that will carry the organization forward. While the man may die, the cause lives on.by