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A vision is not just something you can create on the spot and ‘go with the flow’ with. As the director of Ilham Childcare, to me, a leadership vision goes beyond what us founders and business owners write as our organisational mission and vision statement. It is a true depiction of the direction we want for our businesses in the long run. A vision should be something that is well demonstrated in our actions, beliefs and values!

Now, I know it may not be easy to decide on a vision because there are just way too many crucial factors to consider, given how much it can affect your business in all sorts of ways. So let me share with you some catchy quotes I live by that helped me to shape my vision of “Towards moulding holistic and inquisitive learners.” for Ilham Childcare. I hope it will do the same for you.

  1. “You don’t build a business, you build people, then people build the business.” –  Zig Ziglar

I have been a director for years now, but I was also once an employee working for another company, as most of us have. If there was one thing I’ve learnt throughout those years, it would be how important it is for the employees to feel empowered under your leadership.

As leaders, we should provide ample opportunities for our employees to grow and understand what is required of them. As the saying goes, “A good leader is only as good as the team beneath him” and I couldn’t agree more!

I believe that a good leader sees the importance of its employees just as much as its customers. He sees the need to empower his employees with the relevant skills that would help them work in a way that aligns with the company’s vision and thus, thrive in the long run. Since employees are the first contact point the customers have with the company, how they perform will reflect a lot about the company itself, creating an impression. Trust me, it is one of the most important investments your business needs.

At Ilham Childcare, we bite ourselves with having the most skilled and experienced teachers by ensuring that they get the training they need, so that your children will receive the best care and holistic education as a whole. This then leads me to my next point.

  1. “Hire for attitude, train for skills.” – Tom Peters

Before even training, as leaders, we need to know who are the right people to hire. Trust me, it is really, really important to hire those who share the same vision as you do. This is because they will have to live the leadership vision of your company every day at work. If they fully resonate with what you believe in, it will be translated well as a team with a shared goal, heading towards the same direction. This will bring your business very far.

On top of that, when hiring, attitude is definitely, in my opinion, the most crucial factor to consider. Skills can be acquired, but personalities are permanent and will remain the same throughout. Someone with zero skills but a good attitude will definitely go much further in life than someone who has more skills but a poor attitude.

At Ilham Childcare, our teachers are already filled with passion, drive and the right attitude to serve your children. We then continuously ensure that they are equipped with all the relevant skills to deliver the best.

  1. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

Last but definitely not the least, before you even impart these values and vision among your staff, you need to ensure that the vision you created is something that you truly believe in. You have to strongly advocate for and embody it, in order to inspire your staff to follow your footsteps. It should be articulated clearly to them how important the vision is and there is no better way than to set an example yourself.

At the end of the day, before you even decide on a vision, it’s really crucial to understand that it really has huge implications to your company. It really sets the tone for your business and its direction in the long run. Thus, you must understand that whatever it is that you have decided on, you have to resonate with it no matter what, so that the rest will too. Eventually, everything will fall into place.