We have all heard someone refer to a point of view as wishful thinking, but when do those things that a leader states as his goals go beyond simply being wishes? If, in the over thirty years that I have been training and consulting to leaders, every goal expressed by everyone in a leadership position was fulfilled, then most organizations would be in a stronger and more positive situation.
Unfortunately, an idea is nothing but a wish unless a leader commits to taking whatever action is necessary.
Thackeray wrote, "Better to do it, than wish it done.
Even the greatest plan falters when someone in leadership does not stimulate others to believe in it.
This requires many things, including motivating others, creative and comprehensive planning, and a commitment to the time and effort required.
Great ideas are very nice, but are generally rather meaningless when not accompanied by a well formulated and developed action plan, and a commitment to the time and follow up needed.
Many make-believe leaders describe wonderful concepts, but then drop the ball.
They bring up an idea, but then do not pursue it with action.
Concepts sound great, but without doing something about them, they are little better than any other type of empty rhetoric.
Perhaps the only hope for a good concept to achieve needed traction when an existing leader does nothing to get it done, is when a subsequent leader likes the idea, and formulates the necessary action plan, and commits to the action needed.
Wishing doesn't get it done, only planning and then pursuing action does.
This only occurs on a consistent basis in organizations that create a heritage for accomplishment, by identifying, qualifying and professionally training its leadership.
Leaders must be taught how to transition a thought to an idea, an idea to a concept, a concept to a plan, a plan to an action plan, and an action plan to full commitment to an important program, project or idea.
While Disney tells us about "when you wish upon a star," true organization leadership is about taking action and doing it, instead of just wishing that it happens.
When a so- called leader waits and wishes, his administrative suffers from stagnation, inefficiency, and hurting others by accomplishing far less than possible.
It is important to understand that while a leader needs a positive attitude, that does not mean that he should merely wish something happens, but rather does whatever is necessary to make it happen, by taking timely and needed action.