Inspiration comes from many sources… who’d have thought the dance band Faithless would inspire me to create a blog? The title of the blog is taken from one of their songs and it got me thinking about vision and leadership, and what we really see with our eyes. Quite often, we are blind to the obvious, aren’t we? It raised many questions for me.

To some, leadership may be obvious, innature or natural. But for others, stepping into leadership can raise many questions: Who do I need to be? How do I delegate? What if they don’t agree with me? How do I motivate them? My employer expects more from me as well as my people, how do I juggle it all, and still have a life?

I feel the answer lies in motivation. It comes naturally when you are part of a team with a shared vision. It’s inspiring, striving for a common goal. I notice the increasing importance of meaning when we exist in isolation within our social media bubbles. And belonging.

There’s a powerful desire to create something new, to bring it to life, and be part of that process. A shared vision is a wonderful motivator that, in itself, seems to answer many of the questions above. Be yourself, share your story, share your vision, and let it flow.

Simon Sinek said: “All leaders must have two things: they must have a vision of the world that does not exist and they must have the ability to communicate it.”


Meriel Swain works with Executives, Managers, Team Members, and Private Individuals in Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham & Birmingham and surrounding locations. Meriel is particularly interested in helping people who are at some sort of crossroads in their life.