Historical Leadership Thoughts
There is one historical leadership style that I want to research more about and that is the Visionary Hero. This leadership style was captivating. Visionary leaders write out the vision and make it plain. They are relational and inspirational (1995). This is important to me as a leader in my church. I must be both. Relational in the sense of forming relationships with those under my authority. As a visionary leader, the followers respond to the vision the leader has proposed.
I can relate to this style of leadership with one of my companies. With my first company, I had to convince a team of people to follow me down a path where there was no blue print. Nothing like it had ever been done before. I had the responsibility of laying out the vision and making it clear so that others would join the process. Inspirational persuasion (1995) is also a trait under visionary leadership. I choose to inspire my teams. I believe that if we work hard together, we will get to the finish line. Teaching teams how to function effectively is a start to them being able to lead their own teams one day. It feels good to be able to empower others.
Wren, J. T. (1995). The leader's companion: Insights on leadership through the ages. New York, NY: The Free Press.