Visionary leaders are the builders of a new dawn- using imagination, insight and boldness. They present a challenge that brings out the best in people and unites them in aiming for a higher purpose. They are political, business and social innovators and change agents, seeing the big picture and thinking strategically. A visionary leader is good not only with words but also with actions. Being such a leader requires heartfelt commitment. He creates specific, achievable goals, initiates action and enlists the participation of others. Doing this successfully requires core values, clear vision, empowering relationships and innovative action.
Clear inspirational vision.
Visionaries who are successful in manifesting their visions base their leadership on an inspirational, positive picture of the future, as well as a clear sense of direction as to how to get there. Vision is a field that brings energy into form. Effective leaders broadcast a coherent message by embodying their vision themselves. The best visionary leaders move energy to a higher level by offering a clear vision of what is possible. They inspire people to be better than they already are. The creative power of inspired words can sound a certain inner note that people recognise and respond to. Visionary leaders transmit energy to people, giving them confidence to achieve the vision.
Innovative courageous action.
Visionary leaders are especially noted for transforming paradigms and creating strategies that are outside the box of conventional thought. Their thinking is broad and systemic, seeing the big picture and the pattern that connects. They then create innovative strategies for actualising their vision. CNN founder Ted Turner transformed television news by boldly creating an around the clock international news network. Visionary leaders anticipate change and are proactive, rather than reactive to events. Their focus is on opportunities , not on problems. They emphasise win-win rather than adversarial win-lose approaches. Many people avoid the responsibility of visionary leadership primarily because they are too scared of criticism or failure. As we progress in the Third Millennium new visionary leaders are emerging. Will you rise to the challenge?