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The Visionary Manager

September 21, 2012 by Dr. Jon Warner in Readiness Recipes

The Visionary Manager

To have vision is to clearly, credibly and unequivocally point the way to a destination or a target, and then encourage people to travel towards that destination and stay on track until the goals are achieved. A visionary manager helps make the work atmosphere as open as possible so that people aren’t afraid to provide suggestions and innovate when it comes to thinking about the future and healthy discussions can take place about how a particular vision might be achieved. The visionary manager typically provides “big-picture” inspiration for employees on the team, influencing people individually and collectively to make their best contribution. Individuals are also encouraged to take reasonable risks and to “stretch” themselves beyond their comfort zone, as well as to make adjustments so that ultimate success is achieved.

Ingredients:Readiness Recipes

  • Big picture thinking ability
  • Directional clarity
  • Forward thinking skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Risk taking ability
  • Target focused

Ingredients should be added, blended well and left to mature over time:

  • Big picture thinking ability: This refers to a manager’s ability to assess the business or commercial impact of issues or challenges that might arise and react in an appropriate way, including shaping a new path or direction.
  • Directional clarity: This refers to a manager’s ability to identify a credible destination and indicate how to get there in a straightforward and simple way.
  • Forward thinking skills: This refers to a manager’s capacity to think about the consequences of current actions and behavior and to prepare accordingly.
  • Influencing skills: This refers to a manager’s capacity to bring others to a particular way of thinking in a persuasive but non-threatening way and without any force or coercion
  • Risk-taking ability: This refers to a manager’s capacity to take reasonable and considered risks and act to take advantage of opportunities rather than to let them pass.
  • Target focused: This is about setting clear objectives creating long term plans with well-described milestones and ensuring that effective measurement systems are in place to track progress.
The Visionary Manager has all of these ingredients; no substitutions or omissions can be made to the recipe.

“Readiness Recipes” is a new article series exploring 26 different kinds of managers A-Z and the key ingredients that each needs for success. Stay tuned for more recipes and thanks for reading!

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About Dr. Jon Warner

Dr. Jon Warner is a prolific author, management consultant and executive coach with over 25 years experience. He has an MBA and a PhD in Organizational Psychology. Jon can be reached at

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