What Visionary Leaders See

What Visionary Leaders See

The Outsider's ExperienceThe Outsider’s Experience

They’re skilled at playing the role of the outsider looking in, to honestly and fairly evaluate how shareholders, internal users and customers will perceive of a particular product, solution or integration.

An Internal PerspectiveAn Internal Perspective

They examine themselves to assess what they did to affect change, as opposed to how external factors did so.

Things That Aren't ThereThings That Aren’t There

Visionary leaders often acknowledge events which did not happen while still influencing an outcome.

A Third ChoiceA Third Choice

They avoid the pitfalls of either/or thinking, and weigh various alternatives to open up a new range of opportunities.

The Benefits of UnconventionalityThe Benefits of Unconventionality

They’ll bring in unexpected meeting attendees, project participants, and others, thus encouraging fresh ideas and approaches.

New Data ResourcesNew Data Resources

They’re curious about data which exists outside typical areas of focus, to consider how it can benefit the organization in novel ways.

Trouble Before Trouble HappensTrouble Before Trouble Happens

They recognize the warning signs of a slippery slope well in advance, to help their teams avoid possible disasters.

The Fine Line Between Caution and CynicismThe Fine Line Between Caution and Cynicism

While they’re good at anticipating potential failure points, and don’t allow this quality to lapse into productivity-sapping negativity.

The Real StoryThe Real Story

They look beyond razzle-dazzle moves on the part of vendors, partners and others to evaluate the real value of a proposal.

The Possibilities of The Possibilities of “Why Not?”

It’s the question which leaders always ask, as they drive themselves and team members to expand beyond their perceived limitations.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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