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Do You Need to See It to Believe It?

As an Elegant Leader, you provide strength for your teams when you understand the power of vision. Those you lead must know you deeply believe in where you’re leading them and why. Visionary leadership means keeping hope and possibility in front of everyone. It’s recognizing your job as a leader is Chief Visionary every day. Click the link to learn more

How strongly do you feel about the vision you’re working toward?

What fear, doubt, or worry gets in the way of your vision?

What more do you need to do to own your vision?

Vision is the foundation for our strength as leaders. In our heart, soul, mind, and strength framework, strength is anchored by visionary leadership. Great visionary leaders inspire strength by keeping hope and possibility in front of themselves and those they lead.

It’s been said that the first task of the leader is to define reality. The second is to map out where you’re going. The strength comes from an assurance of the future.

They lead because they know where they are going and communicate clearly to those who choose to follow them.

How is your vision directed? When vision is lacking and hope is lost, we lose heart. We often talk about the importance of vision casting for leaders, or do we need to reframe it as “hope casting.” Casting a hope-filled vision provides strength for ourselves and those we lead.

Casting vision is not simply about being a cheerleader, however. While there are occasions when that is appropriate or even required, true visionary leadership occurs when a leader inspires others with a plan and also has the track record to follow it through to reality.

Vision without action creates pipe dream wishes. Visionary leaders are more than dreamers; they are doers. Visionary leaders repeatedly remind those they lead to where they are going and why and then develop the plans for follow-through.

Visionary leaders engage their minds and think strategically about the plans and purposes – the WHY, a higher purpose – keeps them grounded and thinking with clarity. They are serious about their responsibility to steward the vision that’s been entrusted to them, and they develop ways to bring that vision to reality through the people they lead.

Heart, soul, mind, and strength are the completeness of our leadership. It’s all of who we are working together. When we bring our whole hearts, when we bring our brilliant minds, when we bring our passionate souls, and when we bring our relentless strength to the leadership table, we bring our best selves. One without the other leaves our leadership wanting and incomplete.

Heart, soul, mind, and strong leaders are compelling. They are warm, engaging, confident, and strong. It’s not that extraordinary leaders are perfect. Even the greatest leaders among us are still growing and still being molded into what they’ve been called to lead and to be; however, leaders who lead consistently from heart, soul, mind, and strength are a little further along the leadership development path.

“Leaders must be tough enough to fight, tender enough to cry, human enough to make mistakes, humble enough to admit them, strong enough to absorb the pain, and resilient enough to bounce back and keep on moving.” – Rev. Jesse Jackson

They carry themselves with strength and confidence yet without arrogance. They embody what civil rights activist Jesse Jackson described. Extraordinary leaders aren’t leading for themselves. They are leading for others. When we’re leading with all of who we are, it becomes less about ourselves and more about those we serve.

You are called to be an extraordinary leader. Heart, soul, mind, and strong leadership is possible. You weren’t dropped in a place of influence and left to be ill-equipped for the responsibility. Perfection isn’t a goal to be attained today or tomorrow, or ever. Elegant Leadership with Voltage is a lifelong journey. Your pursuit of perfection is the wrong goal. Extraordinary doesn’t mean perfect. Extraordinary means the pursuit of greatness, of elegance, of voltage. And in the pursuit of leading with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength, the perfecting continues. May your leadership be an overflow of all of who you are: heart, soul, mind, and strength.

What is your next best step?

What do you need to take the next step and develop as an extraordinary leader?

Come join our Elegant Leader community. We offer a 4-week growth track as a FREE introduction each month for you to see how to have better job performance, to know the secrets of greater communication and engagement with your people, teams and organization and to have a healthier work-life balance. Find out more today here.  Maybe you’re ready to get started and know you can influence others and would benefit from a group of like-minded professionals. We’ve helped thousands of business professionals and executives just like you. And, we continue to coach and mentor them at their point of need in a variety of formats. Feel free to read more here or connect with me on social media @LeadElegantly

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