Visionary leadership is where a leader plants the “seed of vision” for planned/intentional change that anticipates and facilitates future (and current) organizational growth. Like a contagion embraced by others, visionary leaders articulate, exemplify, and facilitate an organizational embrace of a compelling vision that prompts all within the organization to a cohesive and committed path for growth at all levels.
“Visionary leadership is based on a balanced expression of the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical dimensions. It requires core values, clear vision, empowering relationships, and innovative action” (2001, C. McLaughlin).
Visionary leadership thrives where strategic thinking is encouraged, facilitating strategies that are a “roadmap” to the organization’s future. It realistically projects, secures, and aligns the necessary organizational resources to “arrive” at the outcomes of the vision.
A “future-ready” education superintendent who seeks to instill meaningful vision to his/her organization’s educational ministry routinely engages the following strategies:
Research suggests common themes in the qualities that set apart the visionary leader from all others; such qualities as: