In a blog earlier this week, I discussed how creativity is part of being a visionary leader. The term “visionary” is echoed a lot when we talk about some of the country’s most prominent figures in business.
Maybe you’re an entrepreneur or executive who is chasing your own vision and trying to get your team to follow your lead, but you haven’t yet landed on a formula for success. You might be missing some key aspects of visionary leadership.
In a series of blogs, I’ll discuss The Dream Achievers Academy’s “Seven Signs of Visionary Leaders” (visit dreamachieversacademy.com). Today, I’ll tackle the first two characteristics of visionary leadership: Imagination and Big-Picture Thinking.
Imagination isn’t something that we discard once we grow up. It’s unfortunate that we only seem to encourage imaginative thinking with children, telling them that they’re awesome when they draw a picture of the sun and the sky and they color the sun purple or the clouds green. This kind of change-the-way-it-supposed-to-be imagination is just as necessary to a 5-year-old kindergartner as it is to a grown-up businessperson. But not only can visionary leaders “imagine future possibilities,” but they are also able to acutely discern those out-there possibilities that they see in their mind’s eye, and “then explain what they have imagined clearly.”
After all, from a business perspective, a leader’s visionary imagination is nothing without the ability to translate the vision.
Big-picture thinking is the business practice of non-attachment. You’ve heard non-attachment mentioned in terms of mindfulness and mediation. To be clear, non-attachment is not being cold or devoid of emotion. But the true meaning of non-attachment means there’s a lot less to get stressed out about because you can see the ever-evolving big picture of things.
The Dream Achievers Academy puts it this way: “[Visionary leaders] are not worried about why this happened and why that did not happen. They enjoy the whole process. They are patient. They see all the links in the big picture and therefore they do not blame others.”
If you want to be a visionary leader, you always have the entire journey at the top of your mind and you’re not constantly bogged down in all the small steps.
Stay tuned for my upcoming blogs on the topic of visionary leadership where I’ll discuss other aspects, like: Open-mindedness, Focus, Positivity, Willingness to Fail, and Willingness to Share & Communicate.