Visionary Leadership

Visionary Leadership is something that must be really caught as it separates good leaders from great leaders. Often leaders will micro-manage (which is necessary on occasion) but truly great leaders know how to communicate the big picture to their team and empower them to outwork this greater vision in their own particular area of responsibility.

The vision sets the premise for what the goals will be for the team. It's necessary to know exactly what needs to be achieved and everything else is angled towards achieving the vision.

Vision provides the initial step towards momentum. It gets everyone going in the same direction and gives all of your team the permission to form their own vision inside of your big picture vision.


Leadership Vision

Jack Welch said "Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion." Although he talks about business leaders this leadership characteristic is far reaching across all dimensions of leadership.

Don't bypass the Vision - Spend enough time to create a vision that's big enough and encompasses all that you want to achieve. It is imperative not to make moves outside of the vision you've set for your life or team. If you do it'll bring leadership qualities which are negative such as confusion, mistrust and unhelpful redirection. Visionary leadership needs great team leadership skills.

Make your Vision big - It's very easy to allow a narrow vision as it's safe and achievable. However you'll never achieve the success you deserve if you don't challenge the greatness of it. V. S. Naipaul said "Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision."

Communicate the Vision - It's fantastic to have a huge, achievable and innovative vision! However if you can't communicate this to your team/leaders/people then you're missing an important visionary leadership characteristic. Firstly make sure that you know every detail of your vision (or at least as much as you can) and determine to communicate this effectively. The more you can share with key team members the more they will catch the vision. Be clear and concise when you're communicating as a visionary leader and be prepared to answer questions and know the answers from your team.

Leading the VIsion is imperative for your organization, business or team. This article gives great practical tips on how to adapt a vision to a working environment. Learn how to develop a culture of vision and transformation.

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