Becoming a Visionary Leader: How to Paint a Brighter Future for Your Leadership
Decision-making is a crucial skill for us leaders.
It impacts not only our personal success but also the success of our team and organisation.
Many of the decisions that we must make are complex and multifaceted, involving numerous variables and trade-offs.
However, this complexity can make it difficult to determine the best course of action.
Not to mention, we are often under pressure to make quick decisions, which can create stress and anxiety that impede our ability to think clearly.
How can we make smarter and more aligned decisions for ourselves and our teams?
It’s by looking into our vision.
Having a vision is about picturing the future, and where your organisation fits in that future.
It makes your decision-making process easier because knowing your vision explains why the organisation exists, and why it does what it does.
Visionary leaders always know where they are going and why.
They give the organisation direction to help it navigate the way forward and can clearly show how today’s actions relate to the vision of tomorrow.
The anatomy of a visionary leader
With the human behaviour methodologies I have learned and 25 years of experience as an educational consultant with leaders and business owners…
These are the qualities that help visionary leaders find fulfilment and develop high-performing and supportive teams.
Persistent. Visionary leaders know it will be challenging to execute their vision but they know how to navigate challenges and push through them, keeping the team on course by leading with a “never-give-up” attitude.
Inspirational and magnetic. The visionary leader knows that success comes from the combined talents and contributions of many. To bring out the best in their teams they tap into their emotions and ignite their passions.
Open-minded. Visionary leaders are able to keep the big picture in mind but
remain flexible in how to get there. A flexible mind helps them navigate challenges more effectively.
Innovative and imaginative. They allow themselves to dream as big as they want and encourage their teams to do the same. Their imagination got them to where they are and drove company culture.
Bold. They are not afraid to take risks. They have the courage to be daring. Visionary leaders recognize the value of failure in that it promotes resilience and the ability to grow. They also seek feedback.
Collaborative and communicative. They are inclusive, inviting others to be a part of the vision.
Goal-oriented and determined. Rather than dwell on difficulties, they encourage teams to embrace them as part of a journey to greatness.
Well-organized. Strong organization skills keep communication flowing and the work on track.
Responsible. Visionary leaders take chances and make sacrifices. But they also take responsibility for their actions and their vision.
Enthusiastic. They are passionate believers in their ideas and goals and have the drive to make them happen.
Emotionally intelligent. They are aware of their emotions and aware of the feelings of others. By trusting in their teams, visionary leaders are trusted in return.
Exercise: Picturing the future
Now, let's put the effort into understanding you and what you want for your life.
Close your eyes and breathe. Relax and calm your mind and body. Picture yourself in the future.
It can be next week, next year, or 10 years from now. You have achieved your potential and have achieved your version of success.
What is your future vision for you?
What’s a word that comes up that captures the essence of what you’re feeling?
What are you seeing?
What are you hearing?
What are you telling yourself?
Take a minute to think about what word you’d like as a theme word for your leadership or personal vision.
It should be aspirational - painting a picture of the future you - a version of you that you want to work towards.