The only way to truly succeed in life is to work hard and to work smart. Likewise, the only way to make a meaningful impact as a leader is to fuel those who follow with enduring incentive to provide their best efforts. There are many different ways to accomplish this outcome. One of the most effective methods is to practice what is known as Visionary Leadership.
What is Visionary Leadership?
Visionary leadership is a style of leadership that is characterized by a desire to push the envelope, and exceed the basic expectations of a team’s mission. Visionary leadership focuses on the future, and how to achieve success in the long-term. Whereas a basic leader only concerns themselves with immediate goals such as meeting sales targets or project deadlines, visionary leaders contemplate the overall impact of such activities and how they can be augmented to ensure the survival and prosperity of both their team and any external stakeholders who rely on their leadership. Here are four characteristics of visionary leadership you should embrace in order to refine your aptitude as a leader:
It is no coincidence that vision serves as the root word for the term visionary. Visionary leadership is only possible when a leader is inclined to be analytical and thinks about the future. The more a person deliberates and prepares for the future, the better positioned they become to capitalize on any assets they wield in the present. Developing a clearly defined vision for a team establishes a sense of direction that can guide the decision-making process beneficially.
2.- Emotional Intelligence:
Being visionary and being inspirational go hand in hand. A visionary leader is someone who bears a distinct ability to motivate others into committed, enthusiastic action. This is an ability that ultimately hinges on how well said leader understands the fact that different people have different natures. The circumstances that motivate one person into action may not necessarily motive another, purely because of personality. If a leader can figure out how to complement varying personalities collectively, they stand a better chance of drawing out exceptional performance from their followers.
Visionary leaders should not hesitate to defy convention. They should be ready to think the unthinkable and try the unimaginable. To put it simply, it’s impossible to be a visionary leader without thinking outside the box. This isn’t just a standard that should apply to the work a leader does, but also to what a leader believes. There are moments in life when success can only be achieved through unusual methods. If a leader cannot actually apply these techniques, they can never break past being ordinary.
Considering the fact that visionary leaders take risks in order to accomplish their goals unless they have enough mettle to withstand the pressure that automatically accompanies risk, chances are they’ll be doomed to struggle with stalled plans and unfinished business. Visionaries must persevere under stress. They must be able to keep their eye on the prize even when everyone around them has given up on the dream. It is ultimately a leader’s responsibility to keep hope alive and provide an example that ensures others stay focused on the finish line.
The only way for dreams to come true is if people dare to dream in the first place. The higher the ambition, the higher the stakes are for a leader to strive for greatness. Being a visionary doesn’t just set high standards for a leader’s performance; it provides a team with meaningful motivation to go above and beyond with their duties. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.