A few quotes from the great visionary leaders
“Remembering that I‟ll be dead soon is the most important tool I‟ve ever
encountered to help me make the big choices in life”. (Steve
Jobs, Stanford commencement ceremony 2005).
“Leave the World a Better Place Than You Found It” – Bill Gates
"Big thinking precedes great achievement.“ - Wilferd Peterson
Advantages of Visionary Leadership in
• Visionary leadership integrates the task orientation style and people
orientation style of leadership in a qualitatively new level of performance.
People will perform tasks because they are happy to do them as they are
inspired by the vision. In the same manner, the whole organization will have a
certain degree of semi “religious” cohesiveness and a sense of solidarity
because they share a common cause.
• Visionary leadership brings out the best in people and make them perform
beyond their imagined limitations. People will be happy not only because their
leader is the best but because they have become their best selves because of
• In Visionary Leadership, the mechanisms of control such as rewards and
punishments become internal rather than external. People would want to do
things right because they understand it in their hearts and not because of
some external monetary rewards, social commendations or promotions. As the
saying goes, “Virtue is a reward in itself.”
Advantages of Visionary Leadership in
• Visionary leadership easily transcends individual personality idiosyncrasies
and differences that characterize many office-related squabbling. The leader
and the members have a sense of communion. The members accept each
other because they are all together having the same dreams and they are all
working together making those dreams come true. Each contributes his best to
create the most fruitful working environment. People are not affected by petty
issues because they have a big picture to look up to.
• Visionary leadership empowers all the members to be strong to face all
challenges despite the odds. This is because their vision is larger than
themselves. They are not working for a selfish purpose alone. They are working
with a sense of mission and meaning that provides spiritual energy to
everybody in the organization. Thus the morale of the group is always high as
they are always ready to face problems and setbacks.
8 Principles of visionary leadership
Principle 1: The visionary leader must do on-site observation leading to personal
perception of changes in societal values from an outsider's point of view.
Principle 2: Even though there is resistance, never give up; squeeze the resistance
between outside-in pressure in combination with top-down inside instruction.
Principle 3: Transformation is begun with symbolic disruption of the old or traditional
system through top-down efforts to create chaos within the organisation.
Principle 4: The direction of transformation is illustrated aimed by a symbolic visible
image and the visionary leader's symbolic behaviour.
Principle 5: Quickly establishing new physical, organisational and behavioural
systems is essential for successful transformation.
Principle 6: Real change leaders are necessary to enable transformation.
Principle 7: Create an innovative system to provide feedback from results.
Principle 8: Create a daily operation system, including a new work structure, new
approach to human capabilities and improvement activities.
Six Emotional Leadership Styles
The Visionary Leader
The Visionary Leader moves people towards a shared vision, telling them where to go but not how to get
there - thus motivating them to struggle forwards. They openly share information, hence giving knowledge
power to others.They can fail when trying to motivate more experienced experts or peers. This style is best
when a new direction is needed. Overall, it has a very strong impact on the climate.
The Coaching Leader
The Coaching Leader connects wants to organizational goals, holding long conversations that reach
beyond the workplace, helping people find strengths and weaknesses and tying these to career aspirations
and actions. They are good at delegating challenging assignments, demonstrating faith that demands
justification and which leads to high levels of loyalty. Done badly, this style looks like micromanaging. It is
best used when individuals need to build long-term capabilities. It has a highly positive impact on the
The Affiliative Leader
The Affiliative Leader creates people connections and thus harmony within the organization. It is a very
collaborative style which focuses on emotional needs over work needs. When done badly, it avoids
emotionally distressing situations such as negative feedback. Done well, it is often used alongside visionary
leadership. It is best used for healing rifts and getting through stressful situations. It has a positive impact on
Six Emotional Leadership Styles –
The Democratic Leader
The Democratic Leader acts to value inputs and commitment via participation, listening to both the bad
and the good news. When done badly, it looks like lots of listening but very little effective action. It is best
used to gain buy-in or when simple inputs are needed ( when you are uncertain). It has a positive impact on
The Pace-setting Leader
The Pace-setting Leader builds challenge and exciting goals for people, expecting excellence and often
exemplifying it themselves. They identify poor performers and demand more of them. If necessary, they will
roll up their sleeves and rescue the situation themselves. They tend to be low on guidance, expecting
people to know what to do. They get short term results but over the long term this style can lead to
exhaustion and decline. Done badly, it lacks Emotional Intelligence, especially self-management. A classic
problem happens when the 'star techie' gets promoted. It is best used for results from a motivated and
competent team. It often has a very negative effect on climate (because it is often poorly done).
The Commanding Leader
The Commanding Leader soothes fears and gives clear directions by his or her powerful
stance, commanding and expecting full compliance (agreement is not needed). They need emotional self-
control for success and can seem cold and distant. This approach is best in times of crisis when you need
unquestioned rapid action and with problem employees who do not respond to other methods.
Relationship Between Emotional
Intelligence and Visionary Relationship
The study explored the relationships between Emotional Intelligence and
Visionary Relationship and organisational citizenship behavior in continuing
The results surprisingly showed a negligible relationship between leader
emotional intelligence and visionary leadership – this was surprising because
both EI and visionary leadership have cognitive and affective bases and prior
research showed links between EI and transformational leadership, and
visionary leadership is rooted in transformational leadership.
The lack of association is not a complete surprise because of instrumentation
issues with the prior studies.
The findings of the study demonstrated a moderate relationship between
visionary leadership and employee organizational citizenship behavior
Source: Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Visionary Relationship – By Ann M. Solan
What is it that makes a visionary become a
A visionary may dream
wonderful visions of the future
and articulate them with great
inspiration. A visionary is good
But a visionary leader is good with actions as well as
words, and so can bring his/her vision into being in
the world, thus transforming it in some way. More
than words are needed for a vision to take form in
today‟s world. It requires leadership and heartfelt
What are the qualities and abilities of true
Visionary leadership is based on a balanced
expression of the spiritual, mental, emotional and
It requires core values, clear vision, empowering
relationships, and innovative action.
When one or more of these dimensions are
missing, leadership cannot manifest a vision.
INNOVATIVE, COURAGEOUS ACTION
Visionary leaders are especially noted for
transforming old mental maps or paradigms, and
creating strategies that are “outside the box” of
They then create innovative strategies for actualizing
The Business Profile
Risk takers:Visionary leaders are risk takers. They take risk
for acheving the desired goals.
The Business Profile
Good communicators, understanding the importance of effective
communication at all levels and they organize the board and its
The Business Profile
Systems thinkers seeking to understand the root causes and forces that
shape the issues and challenges they will face in the boardroom
- Choose your leader wisely and check whether he has the „big picture‟ – the
vision in mind and whether he has the required EI competencies or not!