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Susan Ward

Are You a Farsighted Leader?

By December 2, 2012

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"We are drawn to leaders who articulate a possible future in a way that speaks to us and includes us. Farsighted leaders use their clarity of vision and their articulation of a successful future to pull people out of fear or shortsightedness and into hopefulness and a sense of purpose," says Erika Andersen.

Keys to business leadership.

And, she writes in What Leading With Vision Really Means (Fast Company), a clear and compelling vision can drive extraordinary business results.

Look at Henry Ford and Steve Jobs, two of the farsighted leaders she cites as examples.

Farsighted leaders, Ms. Andersen explains,

  • 1. See possible futures that are good for the enterprise;
  • 2. Articulate their vision in a compelling and inclusive way;
  • 3. Model their vision;
  • 4. See past obstacles; and
  • 5. Invite others to participate in the vision.

Once you've read her article which masterfully fleshes out exactly what these five qualities mean, I have two questions for you;

  • Is this the leadership ideal?
  • Is it possible for anyone, say the average businessperson, to become such a leader?

Two questions I'm pondering since I read this piece.

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