Visionary Leadership is leadership with a compelling vision of a better future.
George Bernard Shaw once said, “You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"”
These leaders have something that they are extremely passionate about or deeply believe, and they articulate this vision to those around them; to find like-minded people to fulfill the vision together.
Great leaders with vision are people like Walt Disney, who envisioned Disneyland as a place where everyone could be happy. He sold this vision to a retired navy officer over and over again and won him over to be the chief man overseeing the construction of Disneyland.
Many years on, long after Disney has passed on, his vision still continues to live on and as an icon of the American dream.
Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore was a man who envisioned the island city of Singapore to become a metropolitan first-world city. It was especially impressive when Singapore was really much more than a third world country in the 1960s.
Many years later, Singapore became exactly what Lee Kuan Yew envisioned it to be. It is now one of the richest and most expensive cities in the world, and it all happened in one generation!
People like them have a great talent of seeing the potential in every situation. They don’t see what things are, but what things could be.
Vision sharing is effective and yields results! It is the most powerful form of leadership in gaining commitment from your team.
When people see that by working together, they can create a more ideal future, they will give more of themselves in achieving the cause. You win their hearts. This is not something you can gain from a person by wages alone.
I have written a short article on vision under the section leadership skills; click here to understand what it means to have a vision and how to best articulate it.
» Transactional leadership
Transactional Leaders practice what you would call management-by-exception and contingent reward. They set performance standards and do performance reviews for their followers.
» Transformational leadership
Transformational leaders have the ability to inspire and motivate their followers beyond their job description. They seek to bring change in their environment or community by improving on the current situation, whatever it may be. They tend to anticipate problems before they come and act accordingly.
» Charismatic leadership
Charismatic leaders have a natural ability to attract people and inspire commitment to their cause.
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