SERVANT Leadership- V for Visionary

November 10, 2008

Continuing our series on Servant Leadership, we come to V which is for Visionary.  If there were one trait that was most likely one to jump into your head when you thought about Servant Leadership, it was most likely not Visionary.  If you were to truly sit down and think about Servant Leadership, it would make sense why someone would need to be considered a visionary.  Before we get into that discussion, let’s take a moment to look at some characteristics of a Visionary Leader:

lookingaheadCharacteristics of a Visionary Leader:

•One word- ENERGY •This person has a mind always focused on the future and what-if situations.

•Paired with a strategic thinker, this person can be the mouthpiece or cheerleader for an objective.

•As leaders, they also look for creative ways to connect their organizations to the world around them, exploring and imagining new forms of partnership and alliances that will support their missions and advance in their strategic plans

•Risk takers

•As leaders, they also have a deep appreciation of the strength of diversity, understanding that diversity helps to assure a higher level of responsiveness to clients and also promotes creativity, innovation and organizational learning

These leaders are characteristically those leaders most individuals enjoy following.  Of course, they have their faults, but visionaries bring energy and vibrance to the mission at hand.  They usually help others be able to look beyond just a simple problem and look more to the solution, all the while, sharing some excitement about how the team is going to get there.  This is not only am must have for most leadership positions, but it is a great trait to have when you are tackling particularly tough morale on a team.

Of course, as I eluded earlier, there are negative points to having a Visionary leader.  Let’s look at some of the drawbacks:

•These leaders usually run from one project to another without truly accomplishing anything.  Because of  this, they must have a strong support team to carry out completion and allow the leader to focus their energy elsewhere.  This may not be a luxury to be had for some teams, so again, balance is key.

•Most of the time, the Visionary leader can be accused of having their heads in the clouds all of the time… almost unrealistic.

•So much energy, so little focus.

Now, if you find yourself struggling to be a Visionary leader, there are some things you can work on to increase in this area:

•Dream more and share your passion

•Spend more time in the Word, studying visionary leaders

•Pray, have quiet time and ask for discernment on God’s vision for your organization.

•If your team has indicated this is an area for you to work on, your team is telling you that it wants to know what God has put on your heart for the organization.  Find it, Embrace it, and Communicate it.

Being a Visionary would put you in line with some of the greats from Scripture.  David, Moses, Joshua, Solomon, and the list goes on.  In one of our next blog posts, we will discuss the how being a Visionary and being a SERVANT Leader are synonymous.

Are you a Visionary Leader?  If you would like to learn more about Servant Leadership, please be sure to contact Christian Management Consulting.  We offer a 360 degree view of Servant Leadership.  Check us out so we can get started on your Christian Leadership Development today.



About the Writer:


Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.

As a husband and father of three, Trent Cotton has a passion surrounding the role Christian Men are to play in their families, communities, churches and businesses.  This particular blog is dedicated to helping men take back the role that we have lost in society.


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