Leadership with a Vision

Visionary leaders are the builders of a new dawn, using imagination, insight, and boldness. They present a challenge that calls forth the best in people and brings them together around a shared sense of purpose. They work with the power of intentionality and help people find a higher purpose. Their eyes are on the horizon;  they are political, business, social innovators and change agents, seeing the big picture and thinking strategically.

A visionary may dream wonderful visions of the future and articulate them with great inspiration. A visionary leader is good with words but also with actions. It  requires  heart-felt commitment.

A visionary leader is effective in manifesting his or her vision because s/he creates specific, achievable goals, initiates action and enlists the participation of others.
It requires core values, clear vision, empowering relationships, and innovative action. 


Visionaries who are successful at manifesting their visions base their leadership on an inspirational, positive picture of the future, as well as a clear sense of direction as to how to get there. Vision is a field that brings energy into form. Effective leaders broadcast a coherent message by themselves embodying their vision. 

http://lesliechoudhury.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/nelson1.bmpNelson Mandela clearly held a positive vision of a racially harmonious South Africa during his 28 years in jail and helped bring it into reality peacefully– to the amazement of the world.  I urge you to see the movie ‘Invictus’.
“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
                                                        Nelson Mandela

The best visionary leaders move energy to a higher level by offering a clear vision of what is possible. They inspire people to be better than they already are.  This was the power of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. The creative  power  of  inspired words can sound a certain inner note that people recognize and respond to.

Visionary leaders transmit energy to people, giving them confidence in achieving the vision. Television host Oprah Winfrey helps her guests believe in themselves and work to create a better world. She is the number one Talk Show host!

President Obama, won the elections with three words, “Yes We Can”, giving people ‘Hope’ and wanting to see ‘Change’ happen.
When we look around us here in Singapore,  the world sees clearly the vision of  leaders like Goh Keng Swee and Lee Kwan Yew. A small country  making big waves due to a clear and powerful vision. On the business front,  Kwek Leng Beng from CDL,  Ho KwonPing of Banyan Tree,  the late Ng Teng Fong of Far East, and J.Y. Pillay for Singapore Airlines have all made their mark due to a vision that paved the way forward. “ Where there is no vision the people perish.” – The Bible

Body Shop founder,  Anita Roddick’s  vision  addressed health and environmental problems, as well as poverty in the Third World, through the innovative strategies she designed for her hugely successful products and stores. Products are made of non-polluting ingredients and stores were opened in poor neighbourhoods to provide employment and return profit to the community.

Many of us avoid the responsibility of visionary leadership primarily because we are too scared of criticism or failure.  Today, as we enter the Third Millennium, new visionary leaders are emerging.  Will you rise to the need and challenge?

If you want one year of prosperity,    grow the business contributing units,
If you want ten years of prosperity,     
grow the contributing territories,
 If you want one hundred years of prosperity,   grow the contributing people. 

Leslie Choudhury
has been the CEO of 4 different corporate companies in 4 different countries. His ability to motivate, influence and inspire change in staff mentality and results won awards like: Westin’s Business Innovation award, the President’s/CEO’s award for running the best Sales team in the world for Sheraton Hotels, Best Service Company of the year award in Singapore, and “EBIT & ME Personality Award for Asia & Pacific”.  Choudhury holds a BBA from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, the only person in Asia awarded with ‘CITE’ status. Author of  self-help books series called  ‘Once Upon A Time’ . Voted as the world’s number 6 Communication Guru by Gurus International, in the Global Who’s Who Directory recognizing his Training & Speaking prowess. Leslie is the CEO of Dreamz Image International and Director for Directive Communication International ( ASIA) Pte Ltd. For more info see www.lesliechoudhury.com

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