Visionary Leadership: What Do You See?

Visionary Leadership: What Do You See?

By: Marquez Hughley

Author / Speaker / Leadership Expert / Consultant
Crown Life Enterprises, LLC.

I recently had a Crown Life Leadership Call with the Q1 theme of “Visionary Leadership.”  This subject is quite vital to effective leadership; because every leader has to be able to see “the dawn of a new day before the rest of the world.”  When I was a student at Morehouse College, I would always see this one particular picture on the wall in the business department that had the word, “VISIONARY” printed in big letters. It would always grab my attention. The more I reflected on what a visionary was, the more I became intrigued with the notion that we all have the ability to walk in that space.

You need eyes to enable physical sight; but you don’t actually need eyes to be a visionary.  It’s not a external view; rather, it’s an internal view. As a matter of fact, if you take the word, “eyes” and remove the “Y” from the word (which can represent “your view, your thinking, your limited perspective, etc.); and then spell the word backwards, it then becomes the word, “see.”  You have to turn the searchlight inwards and then you will gain “true vision” of what can be created or achieved.  If we think of Helen Keller’s story, it’s a prime example of the fact that you don’t need eyes to have vision.  She has a famous quote that says, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight, but no vision.” Helen knew intimately about this truth; because she was both blind and deaf.  Even though she was not able to physically see or hear, she graduated from college with honors; she wrote 12 books; she was friends with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Alexander Graham Bell.  Her achievements have inspired people for years to push pass their personal challenges. She was a true visionary.

We can also reflect on the life of Roger Bannister.  He was the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes. It had been previously resolved that the human body was not even capable of doing such a thing.  The entire world held this belief; and then comes Mr. Bannister as a visionary.  You may be wondering why I would call him a visionary.  If you’re thinking this way, consider this: don’t you think he had to “see” himself as capable of breaking through that barrier before he ever achieved that goal?  Of course he had to see this as possible; otherwise, he would not have put in the effort to bring it into fruition.  Because of his “vision” to do what was labeled as impossible; today, many people run a mile in under 4 minutes, even the youth!  It takes a true visionary to believe when everyone is thinking otherwise.

Another visionary to note is Walt Disney.  We’re all familiar with his vision for Disney parks, movies, and the like.  His vision for Disney has become a part of American history in regards to impacting the lives of our citizens and people from around the world.  It was Walt Disney that created the first full-feature animated film entitled, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”  Mr. Disney almost ran out funding for his project; but he was able to convince his “concerned” financiers to give him the extra funding needed to complete the project.  The movie ended up grossing about $8 million at first; and then it went on to upwards of $130 million dollars.  Needless to say, he went on to become a legend in his own right.

Here are a few tips to help you become more of a visionary leader:

  1. Don’t look at what you see in the present. What you may be pursuing might not have any present day references. Become a trailblazer.
  2. Take the limits off of your potential. Stop thinking so small. Dream big, plan well, and execute accordingly. 
  3. Recognize that you’re not the only one. Every person who has sought to introduce something new or change the trajectory of an organization has had to fight this battle.
  4. Stay the course. Keep your focus on manifesting the vision within. It will become a reality if you can endure “the process” of a visionary. 

Lastly, I want you to ask yourself the following statement, “Am I living my life based on what I physically see; or am I truly living from the God-given vision and creative mindset?”  If we will be honest, all of us have been guilty of this; allowing what we see on the outside to impact our efforts toward a turning of the tide. We have to know that God loves us and has placed within us the capability to circumvent any circumstance.  Turn the searchlight inwards. Remove your “Y” from your “eyes” and then reverse the spelling to get the word, “see.” I challenge you to “close your eyes” to the external; and then focus on the internal vision that God is placing within you.  The next step is to go after what you see.  Become a VISIONARY LEADER!

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Marquez Hughley
Author / Speaker / Leadership Expert / Consultant
Crown Life Enterprises, LLC.

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