Being a leader is one of the most difficult positions anyone can occupy especially in the business world. This is because every decision you take can make or break your business. Being a leader has its pluses and negatives, and one of such negatives is the criticisms that come from within your company and those from the prying eyes of societies. Nonetheless, a visionary leader is never deterred by the criticisms from within or withal, criticisms only make him stronger.
However, for those reading this article, you might feel this is easier said than done, I wouldn’t agree any less, perhaps because leadership entails a lot and it takes a lot of guts to make certain decisions as a leader.
As a leader, there is always a transition that exists from being an excellent doer with experience to being a truly visionary leader with foresight, however, achieving this feat comes with its myriads of challenges depending on the leadership position one occupies, the number of people you are working with or the kind of company you are managing.
Always remember that when you were just a doer; individual accomplishment was what determined your self-worth, delivering result was the only goal you pursued with zest, while this has the capacity to give you contentment, transiting from a doer to a visionary leader involves more than you can imagine. Below are strategies to help you transit from a doer to a truly visionary leader.
Define What Success Looks Like For Your Team and Share It Broadly and Consistently
As a leader you must strive to define what you consider a success, this will ensure you and your team are goal driven and know what’s at stake.
Establish Clear Expectations for Each Person and Position on Your Team
As a visionary leader, you must spell out what each member of your team needs to contribute to ensuring that your goal of being successful is achieved on the long run.
Make Peace with the Fact That You Can’t Know Everything
This is where a lot of leaders get it wrong. As a truly visionary leader, you must be willing to learn and accept the fact that you can’t know everything. Thus, you must humble yourself and learn from others.
Support Your Team and Colleagues by Helping Them Solve Problems
Having a thriving business is not the responsibility of one individual but the collective responsibility of both the leader and his team. Hence you must assist your team every now and then to solve problems that may arise.
Ask Smart Questions That Provoke Insight and Action
One of the cardinal responsibilities of being a leader is your ability to hand down responsibility to every member of your team; however, your team could be more productive when you inquire their opinions on a certain issue. These questions would be to provoke and bring about innovative ideas from your team.
Eliminate Confusion by Clearing Obstacles
Every business is beset with certain obstacles and problems that can hinder its growth. Hence it is the responsibility of a truly visionary leader to spot these obstacles and clear them so that he and his team can have a soft landing or effectively handle these challenges whenever they surface.
Like I said earlier, the transition from being a doer to being a truly visionary leader is difficult, to say the least, but you must strive and always remember that, where there is a will, there is a way.