This past week DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)Da was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, after being rescinded over two years ago. While many are unsure of what the outcome will be for DACA, it is certainly a lesson to leaders on how to press through with a vision against all odds.
The high court hearing is set to determine the future of the DACA program.
DACA has granted temporary protection from deportation to approximately 700,000 young people across the nation. These are people who have only ever known America to be home.
An end to DACA would impact both those protected by DACA as well as the millions of young undocumented immigrants, known as "Dreamers," with the risk of deportation.
The protection over their lives that has extended this far has only been due to advocates who have caught hold of this vision and continue to fight for these lives.
Since DACA’s 2017 recission, hundreds of thousands have been sent into what has been referred to as "psychological warfare," throwing people into the fear of being torn from loved ones — even deported.
As so many lives are on the line, it has compelled many to support these individuals who remain powerless to defend and protect themselves. The stakes for the existence of DACA throughout this case are high. The threat they all face has spurred many to see this dream through so these young people could remain in the United States.
When a vision and passion are large enough, and when the stakes are high enough, each can have extraordinary impacts. Visions about DACA's longevity require an extensive amount of tenacity, determination, and commitment to the goal.
Here are six ways leaders can see a vision through against all odds:
1. They Remain Focused on the Dream. When all the odds may seem against your goal, it requires all of your attention. If no one else is passionate to see this vision through, it may call for more of your time as a leader than most issues. You will need to give the matter all of your attention until your team is able to adopt your passion as well.
2. They Don’t See Problems, Only Solutions. While issues such as the rescinding of DACA are certainly a great problem for over 700,000, those who are able to lead to a resolve only keep their minds on what is possible, rather than on what many may claim to be inevitable. Optimism, even within our internal dialogue, has a great impact on our outcomes.
3. They Cultivate Allies. Smart visionaries cultivate partners and allies who will help them see the goal through. Not only will you need all the support you can get, but the additional voices of confidence will increase your ability to complete the vision.
4. They Inspire Loyalty and Trust Among Their Teams. Just as your optimism impacts those helping you work towards your goal, watching you push against the odds will inspire others. As each individual faces different obstacles in life, your consistency will heighten their confidence
5. They Allow Mistakes to Propel Them. They do not allow mistakes to trip them up. They don’t become consumed by their mistakes, but rather use them to their advantage to push ahead.
6. They Remain Tenacious in Their Belief, Even When It Doesn’t Seem Conceivable. Ultimately, seemingly impossible goals are achieved because someone believed it was possible. If you don’t believe it and don’t pursue it tenaciously, you will easily give up. What we believe in has more power over what we are capable of than we realize.
Most of us have more potential than we ever tap into. Often, these goals are the ones that develop us the most, if we let them. Regardless of your goal or vision, the act of pursuing it will no doubt impact you as much as it will impact those who you are seeking to influence.
Dr. Kent Ingle serves as the President of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and is the author of "Framework Leadership." A champion of innovative educational design, Ingle is the president of one of the fastest growing private universities in the nation. As president, Ingle founded the American Center for Political Leadership at the university and is also a founding member of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. Before becoming Southeastern’s president in 2011, Ingle held leadership positions in higher education and the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle. Ingle is the author of several leadership books and the creator of the Framework Leadership podcast. He currently serves on the board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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