Which type of leader are you: a visionary or an operator? Every business needs both as one cannot succeed without the other. Very few leaders are able to see the big picture and manage the details.
Visionaries are those that see “what could be” and come up with new ideas regularly. As an entrepreneur and CEO, I put myself squarely in the visionary bucket as I’m constantly jotting down new product or service ideas, new ways of creating value for my own business and for others. I journal every morning as a way to channel that energy and document my thoughts.
Generally, this passion has served me well. However in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, this “idea engine” can go into hyper drive. Why? Because visionaries tend to see challenges as opportunities. Opportunities to create solutions, adapt and pivot into new drivers of value.
The challenge is this: If a visionary jumps on every new idea without discipline, it can wear on the team, shift focus away from priorities and cause frustration because not all ideas can, nor should be acted upon immediately.
If you’re the visionary in your company, here are five strategies that have worked for me, which could be particularly relevant during this time.
No progress is ever accomplished with status quo thinking. The ability to envision – e.g. conceiving of something in detail - is a massive competitive advantage. However, you can drive people nuts if you don’t harness your passion (or so I’m told). If you're an operator, send this blog to your partner in crime as a gentle nudge. You're welcome.
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