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Having a vision for your life and working towards it is one of the most attractive qualities that you can possess.

Being a visionary means seeing things that other's aren't sensitive or sophisticated enough to see. Because of their lack of vision you'll often encounter their hostility simply from sharing your insights and nothing more.

You should welcome this sort of behavior from others because it's one of the basic things that comes with visionary thinking.

That being said the good outweighs the bad and here are some ways to tell if you're a visionary and how to work on becoming one.

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Visionary leaders possess mental mind’s eye

Visionaries often possess the ability to see things with their mind’s eye often long before others. This might include certain observations that unlock the secret to understanding the natural world, trends that are still in their infancy stage (or that haven’t even begun yet), or the possibilities of new inventions, discoveries, products, or even new social or historical movements.


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They are never afraid of failures

As mentioned earlier, true visionaries see what others cannot see. They see the big picture. They see the links among different events. They see possible obstacles. They know there would be challenges along the way. They know they might have temporary setbacks. But they also know the great value of fulfilling the vision. Therefore, true visionaries never give up. They are not afraid of failures because they know that failures are part of the process as well.

In a group of leaders, true visionaries can be recognized with their tendency towards taking risks and transforming those risks to opportunities. Their positive approach and their focus on the vision help them not be afraid of failures. Such leaders are willing to discover new paths and become searchlights for others. This is the secret of their success.


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They are open minded and fan of new ideas

Visionaries have open minds. They do not limit themselves to their own thoughts and ideas. When you talk to a visionary leader, he or she is open to what you talk about and listens to your ideas and thoughts attentively.

One thing that differentiates visionary leaders from other open minded people is that visionaries tell you their expectations upfront. They give you a big picture of what they have in mind. Then they let you be creative and come up with new ideas and thoughts on how to achieve that vision. They encourage you to be as creative as possible and never afraid of presenting your so called silly ideas.


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Visionary leaders are open to new information

Qualities of Visionary Leader - Thomas Edison

Visionaries possess an unusually large degree of openness to new information. This openness may or may not extent to people. Inflexible people, once they make up their mind, cannot be persuaded, nor do they continue to search for or take in new information.

Not so with visionaries, they are constantly searching for additional information. Visionaries know that each new piece of information might yield an insight that helps solve a problem or create a breakthrough.

In addition, visionaries typically exercise a low degree of deference to convention, historical precedent, or authorities within their fields. While they seek to know as much as possible within their fields, they don’t defer to the judgments of the existing authorities within their fields.

By ignoring or purposeful violating norms with their respective disciplines, visionaries are able to experiment and try things that others overlook or aren’t willing to challenge. As a result of their willingness to experiment and try things, visionaries often are in the best position to make “breakthrough” creative discoveries or happy accidents.


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Visionary leaders are highly sensitive

A common quality of visionary leaders is that they are usually sensitivity. This quality of sensitivity can manifest itself as “quirkiness” or even in certain cases as mental illness. Think for example about Van Gogh, Howard Hughes, or John Nash.

However, this sensitivity results in extra information being accessible to visionaries that others to not have access to. Thus, the mark of a true visionary is that they can often see what others cannot.


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Qualities of Visionary Leaders

Visionary leaders are uncommon, but they share many characteristics. The qualities of visionary leaders include openness, imagination, persistence, and conviction. This article discusses these various qualities of visionary leaders. Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison are examples of great visionaries.

The term visionary leadership sometime gets a bad wrap. This is because the words are used too frequently. Often the words are used without any substance as with this Dilbert video (0:19).



Qualities of Visionary Leaders

There are relatively few people that are universally regarded as visionaries. These might include individuals such as Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, the Wright Brothers among others. While universally acclaimed, they are often disregarded as super-talented genius, outliers that live outside of the range of normal human experience.

Visionary leaders are open to new information

Qualities of Visionary Leader - Thomas EdisonVisionaries possess an unusually large degree of openness to new information. This openness may or may not extent to people. Inflexible people, once they make up their mind, cannot be persuaded, nor do they continue to search for or take in new information.

Not so with visionaries, they are constantly searching for additional information. Visionaries know that each new piece of information might yield an insight that helps solve a problem or create a breakthrough.

In addition, visionaries typically exercise a low degree of deference to convention, historical precedent, or authorities within their fields. While they seek to know as much as possible within their fields, they don’t defer to the judgments of the existing authorities within their fields.

By ignoring or purposeful violating norms with their respective disciplines, visionaries are able to experiment and try things that others overlook or aren’t willing to challenge. As a result of their willingness to experiment and try things, visionaries often are in the best position to make “breakthrough” creative discoveries or happy accidents.

Visionary leaders possess mental mind’s eye

Visionaries often possess the ability to see things with their mind’s eye often long before others. This might include certain observations that unlock the secret to understanding the natural world, trends that are still in their infancy stage (or that haven’t even begun yet), or the possibilities of new inventions, discoveries, products, or even new social or historical movements.

Visionary leaders are highly sensitive

A common quality of visionary leaders is that they are usually sensitivity. This quality of sensitivity can manifest itself as “quirkiness” or even in certain cases as mental illness. Think for example about Van Gogh, Howard Hughes, or John Nash.

However, this sensitivity results in extra information being accessible to visionaries that others to not have access to. Thus, the mark of a true visionary is that they can often see what others cannot.




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Visionary leaders make good predictions

Qualities of Visionary Leader - Albert EinsteinIn some senses, visionary leaders seem to “see” the future. With the exception of ancient and modern prophets, most visionary leaders don’t actually see the future.

What visionary leaders do, however, is to build an accurate conceptual model of the future based on their keen understanding of the present. And then successful visionary leaders bring that model into reality, creating the future.

Thus, the visionary leaders key ability is not their prophetic sight, but rather the gift to predict accurately from the present into the future. When accurate prediction is combined with executive ability to carry out the vision, visionaries literally creates the future. While there is some difference between predicting and influencing the future, possessing the former skill is helpful (and the first step) to developing the later skill.

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Visionary leaders have a vivid imagination

Another quality of visionary leaders is that they often have a vivid imagination. Visionary leaders take great care to nurture their imagination and mind’s eye carefully.

Visionary leaders spend their lives following their dreams and seeking to bring them into reality. In contrast, the masses turn off their imaginations as they mature, feeling that imagination is akin to child’s play.

Visionary leaders often reside in two worlds – the external world, the other being a rich internal world of ideas, pictures, and thought.

The reason why visionary leaders are so driven to carry out their dreams is because their dreams are so real and vivid (in their mind’s eye) to the visionary. Thus, clarity of imagination leads to a compelling desire to carry out the vision.


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Visionary leaders have the quality of strong conviction

Once a visionary has a worthwhile vision, they must have strong conviction if the vision stands a chance at being brought into reality. Certain visions are extraordinarily difficult to carry out and thus require an extraordinary strong belief in the vision and the visionary’s ability to carry it out.

Several specific traits support the development of the quality of conviction in a visionary leader. One such trait is the willingness to take calculated risks. In order to form conviction, a visionary leader must be willing to lay it all on the line for a worthy cause.

Similarly, a certain amount of discontent with the status quo is necessary for one to be willing to lay things on the line. In addition, an unconventional nature is somewhat helpful in that it tends to make one immune to negative social pressures that are experienced as naysayers constantly doubt the vision and the visionary.

Finally, visionary leaders often possess a sense of personal destiny. If you asked them and they were honest, they’d admit that they always believed that they were destined to accomplish great things, even though they might not have known the details of how it was going to happen. In some sense, this is necessary because the visionary needs to have a strong belief that they have the ability to carry out.


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They are focused and present

When you are in presence of a true visionary, you can feel their power. Visionaries are powerful because they are focused and present. In other words, focus and presence create power.
Since visionaries are present and focused, you can connect with them when they talk about what they have in mind, when they teach you something, or when they perform a task. People are more drawn to those who are focused and present. That is why visionaries have more followers.


You can increase your imaginative powers by sitting for a while and actively imagining things. Also, reading books with vivid descriptive language like fantasy novels. The idea is to simply work out the muscle.

In order to develop insight you should learn how to play chess. Chess is about developing vision, problem solving relying on intuition, observing a current situation, and reading other people's intent through actions.

I don't mean just learn how to make the pieces move, but how to actually play the game. Get a book on calculating. Jacob Aagaard's Grandmaster preparation Calculation is an excellent book to start with.

Also, practice telling people about your vision and then listening to their criticisms. It will help develop the thick skin needed for having vision. Plus sometimes they'll actually point out something useful that you can pay attention to.

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