The Visionary

This trait is an interesting one because I believe most people would reserve it for leaders, entrepreneurs, futurists, scientists, etc. I don’t think that should be the case. The “Elements” we’re talking about in our publication are attributes, traits of people that make up their mindset. So while certain of these elements sound like they should be reserved for certain types of people, that simply is not the case. The right mix of these elements in a person are what make them leaders or individual contributors, but they can both be visionaries.

Visionaries commonly:

  • think big and love creating and discussing new ideas;
  • dislike routine;
  • love taking risks as long as they are creating or achieving something;
  • and are passionate and optimistic.

We’ve all worked right alongside visionaries who always see a way around a problem, with a smile and enthusiasm. Sure, it might get distracting sometimes because these are our co-workers who really don’t like being managed and probably go off on several tangents throughout the day — “Squirrel!” — but with a little focus on putting their ideas into action, visionary people can be invaluable members of your team.


One of our co-workers, “Marcus,” is a true visionary leader in every sense of the word. There’s no mistaking the 30,000 foot view of his approach to the business while focusing on the day to day activities that need to happen to keep the vision a reality.

Marcus, as I said, is a leader. Marcus wasn’t always a leader. But he has always been a visionary. It’s a mindset that he has nurtured over the years because he connected the dots of where he was at the time to where he wanted to be in the future. His ability to work hard in the trenches while plotting every move to get to his leadership role today is truly visionary. Of course you have to be patient and focused and dedicated, but as I stated at the beginning of this article, the mindset is a combination of elements that make up the person.

Marcus knew that his version of success ultimately meant he was responsible for making that success a reality. Even while working for others, Marcus kept his eye high in the sky, monitoring business until the time was right to make his vision a reality. His passion never wavered and his patience gave him the time to develop key relationships that he knew would prove invaluable when the time was right.

As a visionary, Marcus instills confidence in his team and those around him because they know that he’s already thought most of this through; and a proven track record of success doesn’t hurt either. Who are the visionaries in your life? At work? Are there people who sit right next to you who before reading this you thought “He has so many ideas, if he could only focus on one!”? Maybe it’s time to reconsider how you feel about working with these type of people, because they may very well be a visionary; they just need someone like you to help them focus and believe in them.