Is strategic vision a consistent thread in great leaders?


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The question is much more complex and less superficial than it appears. Before answering the question; I offer two scenarios.

First, conditions, situations, and circumstances can render a leader “great” without him or her having the slightest notion of a strategic vision. They just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Occasionally, the so-called great visionary leaders inherits a prominent position, spends a few years riding on the wave of an existing vision and the success of their predecessors. Such leaders often retire or escape without anyone every determining whether they possessed any executive level of prophecy.

Second, to become a strong leader requires a journey of highs and lows. Throughout the career of visionary individuals, decisions are made, actions are taken, and lessons are learned. During the leadership indoctrination process, some people rebound from their mistakes; others don’t. Leaders, who reconcile their obstacles and embrace the next challenge, tend to grow stronger and confident. Such individuals are viewed as potential candidates for greater business opportunities to directionally take a company or organization into an intentional future state.

Consequently, the consistent thread of great leaders is only implanted when a leader learns to navigate components of a business and its internal and external environments. Only then, with their heads above the fray and with the ability to see clearly, does a leader become visionary and strategic. My answer to the question is “yes”.

Dr. Johnny D. Magwood
Northeast Utilities Service Company
V.P. Customer Experience & Chief Customer Officer; Northeast Utilities Service Company. J. D. Power Smart Grid Advisory Council; Chairman- Housing Authority Baltimore City; Next Generation Utilities Advisory Board; Utility Knowledge Customer Service Council; CS Advisory Council; Magistrate Judge Seletion Committee. Marketing Executive Council; Mechanical Engineer - The Johns Hopkins University; MBA - Loyola University of Maryland; DBA - University of Phoenix; Doctoral dissertation; Mergers and Acquisition: The Role of Corporate Executives' Relationships with Stakeholders


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