Understanding the work of leaders: Testing assumptions with trusted advisors – Strong Advice

The previous article about crafting a compelling vision for an organization highlighted the importance of involving others in the process of crafting a vision. 

This article will seek to expound the rudiments of testing assumptions about a leader’s compelling vision. This will be done by exploring the reliability and sensibility of a leader’s vision for the organization.  


  1. Leaders share their vision with trusted advisors within an organization to foster a sense of togetherness and bond for future collaboration. 
  2. Leaders share their vision with trusted advisors within an organization to get inputs on the vision so as to seek new ways to revise and improve the current vision for the good of the organization. 
  3. Leaders share their vision with trusted advisors within an organization to streamline unnecessary elements of a vision. 


  1. External advisors who have no stake in the organization and can give objective reasons to leaders. 
  2. Employees- Sharing our visions with the employees creates a sense of togetherness and alignment of goals and purposes. 
  3. Mentees- It is important for leaders to teach the next generation of leaders how to think about and make decisions regarding the strategic direction of an organization. 

If you can’t think of anyone, in particular, to share your vision with. Here are some ways you can commence building a lasting relationship with the view to having trusted advisors in the near future. 

  1. Would it surprise you if I were to tell you, you actually have those people around you, right now? You simply have to look and make the approach. 
  2. Be genuinely interested in people and chances are they’ll be interested in you as well. 
  3. Develop your emotional intelligence. Be sensitive to other people’s feelings and learn to respond appropriately to each unique person. 
  4. Be a good listener during conversations. Make it a point to give the other human your undivided attention. 
  5. Be a friend and support others with their own initiatives and projects. 
  6. Be authentic to yourself, don’t fake it. People can sense a genuine interest from a mile away. A person of character, integrity and good virtue always wins hearts for the long haul. 

The next step after involving relevant voices all through the process of crafting a vision is to ‘clearly communicate that vision to all quarters within your organization’ as well as, ‘mobilizing and championing the execution of vision’ armed with a sense of urgency. 

The next article will seek to explain this in greater detail. 

By Leke Abaniwonda 
Staff at Strong Advice😊 

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