What Visionary Leaders See

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-03-2014 Email Print this article Print

It's often said that great athletes—Peyton Manning, LeBron James and Derek Jeter immediately come to mind—command the kind of vision which sharply elevates their game IQ. The same can be said of highly successful CIOs and other senior leaders who take their organizations to new levels of accomplishment. Beyond a superior work ethic, experience and institutional knowledge, they have a knack for seeing things that others don't. The new book, The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See (Simon & Schuster/available in August), focuses on translating this special capability to real-life business situations, such as project oversight, decision-making and negotiations. Author Max Bazerman cites real-life news and business events ranging from the financial crisis of 2008 to Enron to the Challenger disaster to illustrate what can happen in the absence of such vision. The following 10 "what visionary leaders see" examples for CIOs are adapted from the book. Bazerman is co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor at the Harvard Business School. For more about the book, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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