Strategy, Vision, Mission
Effective leadership involves your coworkers in a way that they work for their own as well as your goals. For this to happen it must be crystal clear to all team members what these common goals are, and why these are important. These goals derive from a common vision, a mission and a strategy for what the team wants achieve as a whole, and a vision, mission and strategy for each team member separately. In general, your own research group will have to fit in an organization, e.g. the University Department that you belong to, and hence it is important that you know what your superiors have in mind.
Vision and Mission together contain a clear description of what you want to achieve. It may be that your coworkers or students are more interested in your mission statement, as it has immediate impact on their activities now. However, the organization you belong to, including your Head of Department of even the Executive Level of your university of research institute will have a keen interest in both, and especially where you want to go in the long run.
Vision and Mission will determine your strategy to achieve your goals.
We discuss it separately during our courses, in the online academy, and in the book.