There is an old American Indian saying from the Zuni people: “Walk tall as the trees.” I interpret this as “Keep your head up when you walk.” Clearly, the horizon is infinitely more interesting than your feet but what is really being said?
After thinking about the Zuni saying, I realised that when you walk with your head down, staring at your feet, you look insecure. So why do I see so many people that walk staring at their feet? For a leader, this often equates into having a lack of vision for the future. If you are going to inspire those around you to reach forward, strive to meet goals and pursue the vision you need to make sure you have your eyes firmly fixed on the vision and that you lead by example in both words and deeds.
I know that leadership is about guiding and coaching your team to have the confidence to achieve and that this is all about looking forward but another American Indian saying comes to mind, this time from the Crow people: “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” So, in striving to attain the vision, make sure that you carry the team with you, head up and confident rather than leaving a trail of destruction behind you!