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The most successful leaders are skilled visionaries

“Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a real leader to chart the course” … George Barna

Why do some individuals, teams and organizations seem more forward thinking and innovative and achieve more successes than others? It is no secret … in all instances you will find a visionary leader at the helm. Visionary leaders not only generate great ideas, they also know what to do with the idea when it is presented to them. One of the marks of leadership is the ability to look beyond the immediate to a better and brighter tomorrow. Opportunity Is A Matter Of PerceptionA visionary leader knows exactly how to identify, develop, sell and integrate the most promising new ideas, incorporating the ideas into a system and even more importantly creating an environment to incubate the ideas for growth. Visionary leaders have the unique skill to see opportunity in every circumstance. Take for example … a leader who can look at a vacant land and see a thriving business …a leader who can envision a skyscraper through a skeletal framework … a leader who meets a casual acquaintance and anticipates a future partnership … a leader who sees the distinctive talent and potential in employees learning a new skill. Are you a visionary leader? Do you invest time thinking because you believe in the power of ideas? Do you trust your own creativity?

Use the rating options below to evaluate your visionary capabilities.
Strong … Needs Development … Not Sure

  1. Believe in your own creative-thinking talents …
  2. Astute observation skills …
  3. Have an open mind …
  4. Let outsiders bring in ideas …
  5. Combine different talents for maximum idea generation results …
  6. Hold criticism until you hear an idea’s potential …
  7. Seek opportunity to gain a broader perspective on ideas …
  8. Challenge traditions …
  9. Dig deeper to understand perspectives …
  10. Ask probing questions …
  11. Use your imagination to envision opportunities …
  12. Anticipate future customer/organization/employee needs …
  13. Set innovation priorities …
  14. Allocate resources to find, develop and implement new ideas …
  15. Reward visionary thinking …

How did you do?

Visionary leaders …

… not only have an eye on the horizon, they can see beyond it;

… are not satisfied with the status quo and have a deep desire to achieve the next level;

… imagine a future that is better than the present and seek out ways to make it happen;

… don’t just think outside the box, they live outside the box;

… look at life through the binoculars of possibility;

… willing to explore methods that have not been proven;

… have been to the mountaintop, have seen the opportunities and can’t wait to take others there.

So … Are you charting a course or just steering a ship?

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