Picture Credits – Jennie Selda
A visionary leader sees the possibility for change, feels a passion for a different future, and is called to something more than currently exists. They’re okay with not only shaking their own internal tree, but also those of others, creating fresh evolutionary pathways for themselves, and those around them.
In contrast, a manager takes what is, making the existing situation work and perhaps even improving it, if they’re good. A manager loves to organize, more than push the envelope of what is acceptable to society.
Neither one is better than the other because society needs both systems for success.
The problem is that most goal-based systems make a visionary feel confined, controlled and uninspired. Do you know anyone designing systems to support visionaries? I don’t!
Characteristically, intuitive visionary leaders:
1. Are sensitive;
2. Have an built-in incongruency meter – a ‘BS meter – when it comes to relationships and plans; and
3. Often felt misunderstood when they were little.
A natural manager on the other hand:
1. Is methodical;
2. Values harmony above all else; and
3. Knows how to keep to, and loves, keeping the flow going.
Without a system that supports both of them there is always tension between them. If you try to do both, you’ll find yourself drawn to one way of being and less energized by the other.
I’d love to hear whether you’re a visionary or a natural manager – do let me know.
Can’t wait to hear!