Being a Visionary
The definition of visionary is: thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom. It sounds so simple but is so hard to do. Why is that? In most cases the fire of the day or week gets in the way of most C level executives. At HR Catalyst, we primarily work with companies with less than 250 employees. In most cases here, the CEO/President still drops into tactical mode and gets in the middle of firefighting when needed.
I’m a realist here, and for most middle market companies, the CEO/President/Owner can only be visionary or strategically focus 50% of the time on a good month or year. The reasoning for this is as follows: they may have a leadership team made up of A, B, and in some cases C players. This fact is especially true in high growth companies. They don’t have the luxury of A players in all key leadership roles; the other key reason is that the top role in the company has an incumbent in it that is truly more operational than strategic in focus. Only about 1 in 10,000 leaders are truly visionary. Think of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk for example. That is a very elite group of leaders.
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