Some entrepreneurs may be scared off when they hear the term ‘visionary’ – after all a visionary is like a genius with world-changing ideas…right?
Not necessarily! Any entrepreneur can become a visionary, and every business needs visionary leadership to survive and thrive in these unusual times.
How are visionary leaders different from typical leaders?
Visionary leaders have some specific traits that set them apart from the crowd. They are:
- Always seeking out ways to improve and grow their business
- Mindful of employees and eager to help them reach their potential
- Positive-minded and willing to work hard to reach goals
- Good at assessing risk and reward to make the right decisions in business
- Aware of changing trends, competition, and upcoming opportunities
Typical leaders may possess some of the traits above, but they treat their leadership role like a job, while visionary leaders see it as a life calling. Not all leaders will have visionary tendencies, and not all visionaries will be suitable as leaders – but both skills can be learned to an extent. Don't give up if you feel like you haven’t reached your potential yet!
How to become a visionary leader
Becoming a visionary leader requires time, patience, and knowledge. Entrepreneurs who are constantly tending to different tasks with no chance to reflect may struggle to be visionary because they simply don’t have the time. You may feel like you’re doing the right thing by knocking out a hundred tasks every day, but remember – as the business owner, you’re in the best position to be a visionary leader.
Becoming a visionary leader requires taking a step back from your day-to-day responsibilities so that you can plan for the future. If you’re concerned about getting tasks done each day, consider hiring an online business manager (OBM) to help you stay on track so that you can focus on high-level tasks. OBMs are like human resource managers, project managers, and analysts all in one – they’ll help you execute critical tasks and keep your business on track while you work on the bigger picture.
Even if you’re focusing on top-tier tasks, you shouldn’t disengage from your team. Visionary leaders can do an incredible amount of good in other’s lives by inspiring people to do their best. Find ways to lift up your team and to motivate them toward excellence.
Visionary people are good at thinking outside of the box. They can consider different options and come up with something that’s truly original and effective. They’re willing to try different ideas, can push through failure and rejection and focus on the end goal. Expanding your horizons and focusing on big goals are crucial to visionary leadership.
Taking the plunge
If you’re ready to become a visionary leader, it’s time to take action. An OBM can help you manage your team and plan, execute and evaluate high-level projects so that you can focus on other tasks. Get in touch with REAVA Solutions today to see how we can help